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

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
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College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
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
Publication ISSN: 1747-7557
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2024 07:11
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2016 13:55
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017
Published Online Date: 2016-03-07
Accepted Date: 2016-02-01
Submitted Date: 2015-07-17
Authors: Reershemius, Gertrud K (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0906-6199)

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