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Mediatization and Sociolinguistic Change by Jannis Androutsopoulos

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Jürgen Spitzmüller

Commentary: Mediality, mediatization and sociolinguistic change

The three chapters in this section deal with aspects of change on the level of genres. Although all three chapters (at least mainly) focus on genres of news reporting, they do so in quite different ways. Ulrich Schmitz’ chapter describes some rather fundamental changes in the way texts are composed and structured (primarily) by example of newspaper and online news genres. He suggests that textual genres in general, and in particular news reporting genres (and consequently the consumption of news), are subject to grave transformation processes in the wake of media evolution. Martin Luginbühl looks at the changes of functional interrelations between sub-genres ...

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