“I h8 txt msgs”. How Social Media Has Had an Impact on Language Awareness

Authored by: Melinda Dooly

The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138937048
eBook ISBN: 9781315676494
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315676494.ch21

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Abstract

The use of technology – and in particular the nearly ubiquitous use of social media among diverse populations and profiles – has long been of interest to academics and scholars (see Palfreyman, 2007). In its incipient stages, Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) was usually adopted to refer to text-based communication mediated by computers, but rapid technological advances in recent years have heralded an era of multiple and often simultaneous modes of communication. As multimodal, technology-mediated communication has become ‘normalized’ practice in personal and professional lives, educational initiatives – particularly language teaching and learning – are following suit.

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