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Mediatization and Sociolinguistic Change by Jannis Androutsopoulos

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Tore Kristiansen

Does mediated language influence immediate language?

1 Introduction

Language as such is ‘mediated’ in the sense that a formed substance is necessary to express linguistic meaning. In order to form the substance, we make use of technologies. We use ‘physiological technologies’ to form sound waves that make sense in spoken language, and gestures that make sense in signed language. We apply writing and printing technologies to a multitude of substances in forming ‘strokes’ to be made sense of in written language. While reminding us that ‘mediation’ is inherent to language in this fundamental sense, reference to the forming of substance – and thus the technological aspect of speaking, signing and writing – may also serve as an ...

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