The studies in this volume investigate what happens to language
when people communicate via computers.
Increased use of video conferencing, email and the Web has led
to a rapid development in our linguistic and social conventions.
Particularly interesting is the way we are combining written,
spoken and non-verbal modes in order to express ourselves
effectively through these new media.
The analysis of electronically mediated communication in this
volume extends to every corner of human activity, from informal,
domestic games, through public activities such as shopping or
learning a language, to technical and intensive tasks like
The collection is of direct interest to all social scientists
studying human communication, as well as the designers of new
media. The bibliography directs readers to the most important
recent work in CMC, with reference to conferences and related
websites as well as to conventional literature.
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