FYI (reposted from the Linguist list)...  DZO

Date: 26-Oct-2004
From: Dieter Stein <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: New E-Journal: Language & Internet

Arguably the innovation that is having the greatest cultural, societal, economic
and political  impact is the Internet. As a consequence, there are fewer fields
in the humanities and the social sciences that have attracted as much attention
as the effects of the Internet. One of the areas that are involved prominently
in the Internet in many ways is language. Language is involved in the many
communicative functions performed in and through the Internet, from medical
counselling through advertising to scientific discourse and personal
At the same time, the specific technical and pragmatic conditions of use have
given rise to uses of language in a new mode that, while related to both
written and spoken language, appears in many ways to represent a new language
medium in its own right, in competition with the two other language media, and
certainly with new communicative genres, such as different versions of email,
chats, newsgroups, lists, MUDs, MOOs, guestbooks  etc. These new genres are
exploited by different societal uses in different ways, they have new floor
rules, new rules of cooperation, and they involve new social roles, new
networks, as well as psycho-social and emotional effects and perceptions of the
communicative situation that are not identical to the ones observed  with
comparable written and spoken genres. These effects are managed, produced and
manipulated by language, and, the other way round, the use of language reflects
these perceptions. 
As a consequence, there new uses and new use types, resulting in many facets of
language change, and ultimately in structural change. A new branch of language
use, if not structure, is evolving. 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] will focus research the pivotal role of language under the new
medial conditions of use and interacting with the various societal domains.
Linguistic concerns, including sociolinguistic, discourse analytic, pragmatic
perspectives will be at the center of interest, but it will have to include the
conditions, functions and constraints of these societal domains, as they will
be factors in shaping language and being themselves transformed in their
practice in the process. 
In order for society to be able to exploit and implement these new uses, there
has to be a body of scientific knowledge for these domains to draw upon in
application and teaching. The purpose of this journal is not only to enhance
our linguistic body of knowledge, but also to make available a repository of
knowledge for application. 
Hitherto, such a body of knowledge focusing on language, to the extent it
exists, was not available in a centralized form, but rather scattered over
quite a range of  publications, even in MA theses, impeding fast access to the
state of research, a natural consequence of the fact that scientific interest
in language use in the medium comes from very diverse perspectives and that the
use of the Internet as grown-up means of communication met with less than full
cultural confidence from more conservative quarters. It is the purpose of the
journal to make available this body of research in an easy way that is
congenial to the subject of research, the  in the Internet, that exploits all
the advantages over traditional ways of publication, including time and cost
involved in publication. 
To ensure highest standards, [EMAIL PROTECTED] works with a high-class
specialised editorial board. Articles will be subjected to the same multiple
blind peer reviewing process, as with quality paper journals.  
For more information about the journal, see 

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