Welcome to What's up, Switzerland?, a university project financed by the SNSF. The project is non-commercial and not affiliated to WhatsApp and Facebook

Some key figures about our project:

  • Project sum: CHF 1'597'904 (SNSF, Sinergia: CRSII1_160714)
  • Project leader: Elisabeth Stark (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Involved Universities:
  • Project duration: 36 months (1/1/2016 – 31/12/2018)
  • Overall Research Questions:
    1. What do Swiss WhatsApp messages look like? What has changed overall between Swiss SMS and Swiss WhatsApp messages, and why (as regards linguistic structures, use of images in a broad sense, spelling, register-specific style, individualization vs. accomodation)
    2. What is said / done by the individual users and the media in/on WhatsApp messages and chats, in relation to the findings for question 1? 
  • Subprojects: The project consists of four subprojects: 
    • Language(s) of WhatsApp: Verbal Periphrases and Argument Drop
    • Language Design in WhatsApp: Icono/Graphy
    • Individuals in WhatsApp
    • The Cultural Discourses and Social Meanings of Mobile Communication
The whole project at a glance.

 

In November 2017, the sub-project B and D will host the first international conference to focus specifically on visual communication in/about new media.

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Latest publication 

Dürscheid, Christa (2016): Digitale Kommunikation und die Folgen für den Sprachgebrauch. In: Schiewe, Jürgen (Hrsg.): Angemessenheit. Einsichten in Sprachgebräuche. Valerio. Bd. 18. Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung. Göttingen: Wallstein, 67–76.

 

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