What's in a word? - What's a word in?

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Integrationaltheory isadiverse fieldofresearchthat dealswithlanguage andthe socialact of communication on the premise that ‘‘language presupposes communication’’ and the field conceptualizes communication as embedded in situations of people, time and space andtherefore highly dependent oncontextual factors. Mystudyconcentrates onneologism (i.e. the study of new words) and grammaticalization (i.e. the study of word change). From an integrationist’s framework, words do not obtain meaning outside the situational context. The results can include difficulties on how one can explain conventions, norms and social understanding from one situation to the next. But according to social psychologists, social network processes and procedures act as means for people to create identities and understandings of one another across time and space. The purpose of my study is thus by drawing upon integrationism and social psychology to create new insights to the communicational studies of new words. My study will rely on examples from three diverse qualitative data sets involving youngsters in social networks in and outside the Internet, analyzed according to integrational principles. Through these integrational studies of real communication situation and inspired by social psychology I propose a new way to conceptualize this complex matter of word formation and conventions. I call this new concept ‘‘the mirrored word’’ in order to capture: 1) dynamic sense 2) everchanging situations 3) the process of contextualization.
TidsskriftLanguage Sciences
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)603-613
StatusUdgivet - 1. jul. 2011
Udgivet eksterntJa


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