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ERIC Number: EJ1169746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1931-3152
Replacing "Them" with "Us": Language Ideologies and Practices of "Purification" on Facebook
Karimzad, Farzad; Sibgatullina, Gulnaz
International Multilingual Research Journal, v12 n2 p124-139 2018
Adopting an online ethnographic approach, we examine the linguistic/semiotic practices and ideologies of "purism" among Tatar and Iranian Azerbaijani Facebook users. We argue that purification practices can be understood as identity work, the outcome of which is often not an etymologically "purer" language but a (perceived) "purer" and more "authentic" identity. We show that top-down standardization in Tatar has resulted in more homogenized ideologies regarding "pure" language and "authentic" identity, compared to the more heterogeneous ideologies among Iranian Azerbaijanis. Furthermore, we argue that since these communities rarely use the written form of their languages in off-line contexts, their purification practices are profoundly limited to metapragmatic discourses; however, social media provides a unique venue to also exercise these ideologies linguistically/semiotically. Finally, unlike previous scholarship that has focused on the "informality" of language use on social media, we illustrate how social media turns out to be a platform to practice "formal" language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iran
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