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ERIC Number: EJ852512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0958-3440
How to Chat in English and Chinese: Emerging Digital Language Conventions
Lotherington, Heather; Xu, Yejun
ReCALL, v16 n2 p308-329 Nov 2004
Rapid changes in language form and function occurring in digital environments present teachers and students of second languages alike with conundrums as to language and discourse standards. Factors affecting the changes that are emerging in digital English include the spatial and temporal possibilities and constraints of the medium, digital facilitation of case-creativity and iconic incorporation, and new social network configurations. This paper analyzes evolving changes in orthographic, syntactic, discourse and sociocultural conventions occurring in English and Chinese in digital environments, based on a small scale study conducted at York University in 2002-2003, noting trends across these languages as well as more limited, culturally and linguistically specific evolutions. The converging conventional changes occurring in these two major world languages suggest that similar transitions are happening generally in languages used for online communication, which has serious implications for second language instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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