Autochthonous heritage languages and social media:writing and bilingual practices in Low German on Facebook

Reershemius, Gertrud K (2016). Autochthonous heritage languages and social media:writing and bilingual practices in Low German on Facebook. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Early , pp. 1-15.

Abstract

This article analyses how speakers of an autochthonous heritage language (AHL) make use of digital media, through the example of Low German, a regional language used by a decreasing number of speakers mainly in northern Germany. The focus of the analysis is on Web 2.0 and its interactive potential for individual speakers. The study therefore examines linguistic practices on the social network site Facebook, with special emphasis on language choice, bilingual practices and writing in the autochthonous heritage language. The findings suggest that social network sites such as Facebook have the potential to provide new mediatized spaces for speakers of an AHL that can instigate sociolinguistic change.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2016.1151434
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > German
Languages & Social Sciences > German research group
Languages & Social Sciences
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development on 7/3/16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01434632.2016.1151434
Uncontrolled Keywords: autochthonous heritage languages,Low German,mediatisation,sociolinguistic change,writing,bilingual practices,translanguaging,Linguistics and Language,Education,Cultural Studies
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 32.2016.1151434
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
Published Online Date: 2016-03-07
Authors: Reershemius, Gertrud K ( 0000-0003-0906-6199)

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