AbstractThe Web has triggered many adjustments in many fields. It also has had a strong impact on the genre repertoire. Novel genres have already emerged, e.g. blog and FAQs. Presumably, other new genres are still in formation, because the Web is still fluid and in constant change. In this paper we present an experiment that explores the possibility of automatically detecting the emerging textual patterns that are slowly taking shape on the Web. Emerging textual patterns can develop into novel Web genres or novel text types in the near future. The experimental set up includes a collection of unclassified web pages, two sets of features and the use of cluster analysis. Results are encouraging and deserve further investigation.