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Email – SMS – MMS

The Linguistic Creativity of Asynchronous Discourse in the New Media Age


Carmen Frehner

Contents: Private email and text messages (SMS): linguistic features of the involved written but conceptually oral language; syntactic and lexical reductions; spelling tendencies and rules; emoticons – A comparison between single and linked SMS as well as between SMS and telegrams – A discussion of Koch and Oesterreicher’s model; email and SMS dialogues; email and text messages compared to letter mail and telephone conversation; gratification and media richness theory – MMS: proportion of image to text, picture categories, MMS dialogues – Linguistic changes: new trends - old features; Anglicisms in (Swiss-)German emails and text messages.