Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics is a series of introductory level textbooks covering the core topics in Applied Linguistics, primarily designed for those beginning postgraduate studies or taking an introductory MA course, as well as advanced undergraduates. Titles in the series are also ideal for language professionals returning to academic study.

The books take an innovative ‘practice to theory’ approach, with a ‘back-to-front’ structure. This leads the reader from real-world problems and issues, through a discussion of intervention and how to engage with these concerns, before finally relating these practical issues to theoretical foundations.

Exploring Digital Communication aims to discuss real-world issues pertaining to digital communication, and to explore how linguistic research addresses these challenges. The text is divided into three sections (Problems and practices; Interventions; and Theory), each of which is further divided into two subsections which reflect linguistic issues relating to digital communication.

The author seeks to demystify any perceived divide between online and offline communication, arguing that issues raised in relation to digital communication throw light on language use and practices in general, and thus linguistic interventions in this area have implications not only for users of digital communication but for linguists’ general understanding of language and society.

Including relevant research examples, tasks and a glossary, this textbook is an invaluable resource for postgraduate and upper undergraduate students taking New Media or Communication Studies modules within Applied Linguistics and English Language courses.

chapter |14 pages


Digital communication and applied linguistics

section I|79 pages

Problems and practices

part I|40 pages

Digital language and literacy

part II|37 pages

Social issues and social media

chapter 5|8 pages

From anonymity to self-promotion

Are we ever ourselves on social media?

section II|89 pages


part I|43 pages

Digital language and literacy

chapter 10|10 pages

Exploring digital literacies

chapter 11|9 pages

Using the web as a space for writing

chapter 12|10 pages

Using more than one language online

part II|43 pages

Social issues and social media

chapter 13|9 pages

Performing identity online

chapter 14|10 pages

Audience design on social media

chapter 15|10 pages

Constructing virtual communities

chapter 16|10 pages

The linguistics of online aggression

section III|54 pages


part I|31 pages

Digital language and literacy

chapter 17|10 pages


chapter 18|10 pages

Translanguaging via a superdiverse internet

chapter 19|9 pages


part II|20 pages

Social issues and social media

chapter 20|9 pages

Identities in interaction

chapter 21|9 pages

Sociolinguistic communities