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Email Hoaxes

Form, function, genre ecology

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  • Author(s): Theresa Heyd 1
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    Affiliations: 1: Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Date April 2008
  • e-Book ISBN: 9789027290533
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.174

Abstract

How genres emerge and evolve on the Internet has become one of the central questions in studies of computer-mediated communication (CMC). This book addresses the issue of genrefication by giving an in-depth analysis of email hoaxes as a candidate for digital genre status. Email hoaxes are deceptive messages that spread in digital social networks; they are a fascinating object for discourse linguistics as they exemplify a major pragmatic tendency in CMC, namely deceptivity and a lowering of sincerity standards. This study examines formal and functional aspects of email hoaxes and provides ample evidence both from a systematized corpus and <i>in situ</i> data collected online. Besides a structural and microlinguistic analysis, it identifies key issues such as pragmatic duality, narrativity and textual variation and change in email hoaxes. In conclusion, a digital genre model is outlined that bridges both the old/new and the formal/functional gaps and may be applied to many other digital genre ecologies.

Subjects: Discourse studies; Communication Studies; Pragmatics

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