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The Development of Controversies: From the Early Modern Period to Online Discussion Forums


Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani

Has the internet changed the nature of conducting controversies? This question cannot be answered easily as different forms of human interaction in an online environment exist and controversies in an online environment have not been analyzed from a linguistic point of view so far. On the other hand, there are many linguistic analyses of controversies in the Early Modern Period. First, this volume describes the communicative background of two online discussion forums dedicated to the study of historical arms and armor. Then, the volume analyzes the similarities and differences between Early Modern controversies and controversies in online internet discussion forums. Further, this book offers an accurate analysis of the strategies used in online discussion forums, analyzing two controversial threads taken from two online discussion forums and provides insights into the individual tactics and strategies applied in online controversies and highlights the similarities and differences of applied principles, norms, and rules. The book finally comments on stylistic choices used by participants in the controversies.
Contents: Socio-cultural context of the forums – Conflicts and controversies in theory and practice – The République des Lettres and Pamphlets – Communication principles from Early Modern Controversies to Electronic communication – Individual moves and strategies: from the République des Lettres to online discussion forums – Individual moves and strategies in online discussion forums – Stylistic choices in controversies.