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Assuming no knowledge of linguistics, Understanding Digital Literaciesprovides an accessible and timely introduction to new literacies for university students. It supplies readers with the theoretical and analytical tools with which to explore the discursive structures, linguistic features and the social impact of a host of new media practises. Each chapter in the volume covers a different topic, presenting an overview of the major concepts, issues, problems and debates surrounding the topic, while also encouraging students to reflect on and critically evaluate their own language and communication practices. Features of the book include: An assortment of real-life examples to illustrate each topic, drawn from contexts relevant to students from around the world; A variety of discussion questions and mini-ethnographic research projects involving student exploration of various patterns of media and communication in peer group scenarios Suggestions for further reading and reviews of key terms and concepts covered in every chapter A companion website providing links to useful websites and blogs, interactive exercises, stories about new literacies and interviews with researchers in the field This book will provide a key resource for undergraduate and graduate students studying courses in new media and digital literacies.