Language, Society, and New Media (2nd ed.)

Sociolinguistics Today

by Marcel Danesi

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  • 9781138295490
  • 9781351586726
  • 9781351586719

This book uses an interdisciplinary approach, integrating frameworks from sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology and emerging strands of research on language and new media, to demonstrate the relationship between language, society, thought, and culture to students with little to no background in linguistics. Couched in this integrative “cultural linguistic” approach, each chapter covers the significant topics in this area, including language structures, language and cognition, and language variation and change, while also presenting future avenues of study by ending each chapter in a description of how language is evolving in online contexts. This new edition includes brand new discussions on

  • social media and the creation of identity;
  • gestural communication;
  • emoji writing;
  • multimodality;
  • and language in the global village.

Discussions are supported by a wealth of pedagogical features, including sidebars, activities and assignments, and a glossary. In this second edition of Language, Society, and New Media, Marcel Danesi demonstrates the dynamic connections between language, society, thought, and culture, and how they continue to evolve in today’s rapidly changing digital world. It is ideal for students in introductory courses in sociolinguistics, language and culture, and linguistic anthropology.


  • Taylor and Francis; December 2017
  • ISBN: 9781351586726
  • Edition: 2
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Language, Society, and New Media
  • Author: Marcel Danesi
  • Imprint: Routledge
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781138295490
  • 9781351586726
  • 9781351586719

In The Press

"Marcel Danesi again demonstrates his remarkable ability to integrate the basic tenets of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology into lucid prose. He has enhanced this completely revised second edition by including the burgeoning research in technology, social media, and neuroscience to illustrate how they affect human communication and interaction in various social networks."
Frank Nuessel, University of Louisville, USA

"The pleasure of reading this book lies precisely in the connections Danesi makes between ancient and contemporary, foreign and familiar cultures, and the excellent examples he provides to make them relevant to the reader."
Prisca Augustyn, Florida Atlantic University, USA

"In the second edition of Language, Society, and New Media, Danesi integrates component parts of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, their histories, relevant research studies, and the scholars throughout history who have influenced the fields. He clearly articulates how language varies, changes, and develops according to social situations and structures. Examples from traditional language groups and contemporary digital dialects make this an excellent resource for anyone who wishes to know more about the relationships between language and culture."
Deborah L. Smith-Shank, The Ohio State University, USA


About The Author

Marcel Danesi is Full Professor of Linguistic Anthropology and Director of the Program in Semiotics and Communication Theory at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has authored numerous books and articles on language in use and on applications of sign theory to language and culture. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Semiotica.