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Mediatization and Sociolinguistic Change by Jannis Androutsopoulos

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Isabelle Buchstaller

Commentary: Television and language use. What do we mean by influence and how do we detect it?

Section 2 starts off on an old romantic theme, the idea that mediation is fundamental to all language use in the sense that – irrespectively of the medium of communication – we always need to transfer the language of thought into symbols (see i. e. Schlegel 1927). As Kristiansen points out, these days we simply have a larger repertoire of technologies at our avail in order to communicate concepts, ideas, thoughts and opinions: In addition to the use of our speech organs for creating interactive spoken language and strokes or keys for writing script, we have created a range of mediated forms of language use. 80 And while the development ...

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