Publication Details

Pais Marden, M. & Absalom, M. 2004, 'Caratteristiche della comunicazione email: riflessioni su un corso universitario australiano di italiano L2', Rassegna italiana di linguistica applicata, vol. 36, no. 2-3, pp. 83-94.


This paper discusses a project involving the use of email exchanges in the Italian program at the Australian National University. Approximately eighty students participated in the project which consisted of two iterations of a one-to-one email conversation. We describe the language and content of the messages constructed by students in terms of the following features:

• the effects of the spatial, temporal and psychological distance inherent in email communication

• the hybrid nature of electronic communication which is situated between written and spoken discourse

• the relationship of the formal and content aspects of electronic communication

• the creative expression of the language produced.