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ERIC Number: EJ850604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1568-4555
Language Policy in the Making: An Analysis of Bilingual Gaming Activities
Leppanen, Sirpa; Piirainen-Marsh, Arja
Language Policy, v8 n3 p261-284 Aug 2009
Building on an understanding of language policy as continually evolving, emergent and influenced by norms of specific communities and cultures, this paper investigates the practices through which young people negotiate informal language policies when interacting with new media in the context of electronic gaming. We examine how young new media users participating in gaming activities construct norms of bilingual language use. Gaming is a new media setting where the resources of more than one language are deployed to create local meanings and negotiate situated identities. Gamers and fans as social agents appropriate contextually available linguistic resources and thus actively and sensitively negotiate the norms and policies relevant to them. We argue that future discussion of the impact of new media on language use should be informed by detailed analysis of the micro-management and policing of norms, practices and repertoires in specific contexts of media use.
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Language: English
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