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Mediatization and Sociolinguistic Change by Jannis Androutsopoulos

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1 Introduction

The number and variety of digital communication technologies have increased rapidly over the past two decades. Accordingly, language users have adapted their linguistic practices to the affordances of different communication formats. These changing formats of computer-mediated language breed an ever-changing sociolinguistic context, in which established media institutions must confront new technologies and the language that is mediated through these technologies. Sociolinguistic change engenders tension between new sites of linguistic mediation (such as Twitter) and existing sites of both mediation and mediatization (such as newspapers). ...

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