Digital discourse has become a widespread way of communicating worldwide, WhatsApp being one of the most popular Instant Messaging tools. This book offers a critical state-of-the-art review of WhatsApp linguistic studies. After evaluating a wide range of sources, seeking to identify relevant works, two major thematic domains were found. On the one hand, references addressing WhatsApp linguistic characteristics: status notifications, multimodal elements such as emojis or memes, language variation, among others. On the other, the volume offers an overview of references describing the use of WhatsApp to learn English as a foreign or second language (EFL/ESL). The author provides a broad critical review of previous works to date, which has enabled her to detect areas of research still unexplored.

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Lucía Fernández-Amaya, Ph.D. (2002), University of Seville, is a Lecturer in English at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain). Latest publication: ‘Online Disagreement in WhatsApp Groups: A Comparative Study of Spanish Family Members and Work Colleagues’ in Discourse & Communication, 15.5 (2021).
Contents
Acknowledgements
Abstract
Keywords
 1 Introduction
 2 Linguistic Characteristics of WhatsApp Communication
 3 WhatsApp as a Language Learning Tool for EFL/ESL
 4 Conclusion
 Appendix 1. Studies on WhatsApp Linguistic Traits
 Appendix 2. EFL/ESL Studies
 References
 Index
The book would be of interest for scholars, researchers, and upper division under-graduate and graduate students in linguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, multimodality, social media, and communication studies, among others.
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