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1. Title Title of document Introduction - Analyzing the Media
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Martin Kaltenbacher; University of Salzburg; Austria
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Hartmut Stöckl; Salzburg University; Austria
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) systemic functional linguistics; media; multimodality; semiotics; news; journalistic genres; ideational; meta-function; convergence; mode; advertising; branding; social media; internet forum; cultural historical activity theory; human-computer interaction
 
5. Subject Subject classification Media Studies; Systemic Functional Linguistics
 
6. Description Abstract Beyond their current social hype, the media have long since been of major concern to linguists. Rooted in rhetorical notions of effectiveness and appropriateness, featuring in early models of communication (e.g. Jakobson 1960), surfacing in the principled division of speech and writing and a key idea in text theory (cf. register/mode, Halliday & Hasan 1976) and language variation, the concept of medium has recently been gaining ground in discourse/text linguistics and general linguistic theory. Some would go as far as to claim independent disciplinary status to an ever-growing field of media linguistics. Despite the wealth of notions of medium, there would seem to be linguistic consensus on at least three relevant key elements of the concept.


1. Technological: Media are primarily seen as the technological means and infrastructure enabling and shaping the use of language. Technical frameworks like radio, TV, printing, new and social media leave traces in the linguistic styles and the texture of the discourse constructed. Each medium comes equipped with its own material-situational constraints and affordances.


2. Semiotic: Viewing media as sign systems or semiotic modes opens up a multimodal approach to text and discourse, which seeks to describe the patterns of mode co-operation, combination and integration. In this view, we ask for medium-specific multimodal patterns of texture. But fundamental mode differences, like the question of the autonomy or interdependence of speech and writing, also come to the fore.


3. Socio-cultural/pragmatic: Finally, from a sociolinguistic and pragmatic point of view, media can be recast as socially constituted forms of textual practice. In this view, what is highlighted is the pragmatic routines and design patterns within media institutions, which affect genres and their linguistic/multimodal styles. Here we must also ask how relations between communicators are shaped by the medium used.


Based on these clear and versatile ideas of medium, the present volume seeks to look at a whole number of diverse and currently popular media genres from a systemic-functional linguistics perspective. The book brings together new methodological and corpus-based approaches that have the power to inform future media genre analysis and its methodologies as well as systemic-functional linguistic theory.


 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Oct-2019
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/32945
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.32945
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Analyzing the Media
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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