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ERIC Number: EJ1132622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
Autochthonous Heritage Languages and Social Media: Writing and Bilingual Practices in Low German on Facebook
Reershemius, Gertrud
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v38 n1 p35-49 2017
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 Low German. The findings suggest that social network sites such as Facebook have the potential to provide new mediatised spaces for speakers of an AHL that can instigate sociolinguistic change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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