Thanks for your very interesting post. What you have observed is not
altogether new, though.
Halliday (1988 On the language of physical science. In M. Ghadessy
(Ed,) Registers of written English: Situational factors and
linguistic features. London Frances Pinter.) describes how scientists
such as Newton developed a new genre in order to communicate
effectively to other scientists. And think about the change in genres
that accompanied the invention of the telegram. It seems to me that
the girl you quote is doing something rather similar: transforming
the genre in the light of the available technology to achieve her own
and her peers' communicative purposes. What do you think?
-- Gordon Wells Dept of Education, http://education.ucsc.edu/faculty/gwells UC Santa Cruz. firstname.lastname@example.org
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