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Style, Mediation, and Change: Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Talking Media

Janus Mortensen, Nikolas Coupland, and Jacob Thogersen


Mediated talk is organized around familiar styles—styles of person, relationship, and genre. But media also consistently remake and restyle these familiar patterns. This book brings together original research on media styling in different national contexts and languages. It highlights and theorizes how creative acts of mediated styling can promote social and sociolinguistic change. The globalized world is already massively mediatized—what we know about language, people, and society is necessarily shaped through our engagement with media. But talking media are caught up in wider currents of rap ... More

Keywords: style, styling, stylization, talking media, mediation, mediatization, sociolinguistic change, reflexivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190629489
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190629489.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janus Mortensen, editor
Associate Professor, Center for Internationalization and Parallel Language Use (CIP), University of Copenhagen

Nikolas Coupland, editor
Emeritus Professor, Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University and Honorary Professor, Department of Nordic Research, University of Copenhagen

Jacob Thogersen, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen

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1 Introduction

Janus Mortensen, Nikolas Coupland, and Jacob Thøgersen

Part I Sociopolitical Change and the Emergence of New Styles and Genres

Part II The Business of Style: The Style of Business

Part III The Art of Mediated Style: Blurring the Boundaries between ‘Ordinary’ and ‘Elite’

7 Styling the ‘ordinary’

Joanna Thornborrow

8 Art on television

Adam Jaworski

Part IV Styles of Technologically Mediated Talk: What’s New Anyway?

10 The meaning of manner

Theo van Leeuwen

Part V Postscripts and Prospects

11 Style, change, and media

Jannis Androutsopoulos

End Matter