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Sociolinguistics and Mobile Communication

Ana Deumert

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Have wireless mobile communication technologies changed the way people talk to one another?

What does it mean to be able to speak or write to anyone, anywhere, 24/7/365, and get an immediate response? And what does the current profusion of these technologies mean for the study of language in social life? Do we need to develop new approaches, methodologies and theories?

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About the Author

Ana Deumert is Associate Professor in the Linguistics Section, Department of English, University of Cape Town.


This is not just a superb overview of the field of mobile communications but an innovative intervention in the field; the author offers sophisticated reflection on how major theorists such as Bakhtin and Derrida remain relevant in grappling with space-age communication technology.

Professor Christopher Stroud, Director of the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research, University of the Western Cape

This is an insightful book that takes the reader on a fascinating journey into areas of the digital world that we perhaps have not explored yet academically, and sets youth practices (which are not confined to ‘youth’) in a wider frame of sociocultural analysis.

- The Year's Work in English Studies

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