Language practices on social media

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“Language and Superdiversity: (Dis)identification in Social Media” is a project funded by the Academy of Finland (2012-2016).

We investigate the ways in which resources provided by languages and discourses are used by individuals and groups in superdiverse social media. We are interested in how the resources are used for public and social action and interaction, knowledge construction and cultural production; for the collaborative creation, negotiation and appropriation of a participatory social and cultural reality off- and online.

Social media here refers to a range of social media spaces, including for example gaming, blogging, Facebook, YouTube, discussion forums, IRC (Internet Relay Chat), fan fiction and websites by social groups representing different ages, ethnicities, nationalities and (sub)cultures.

Within the framework provided primarily by discourse studies, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and cultural studies, it aims

  • to contribute to the retheorization of social media as important sites for achieving visibility, identity and voice as well as for gaining agency, citizenship and competences needed in complex late modern societies
  • to describe and explain language and discourse practices in everyday and institutional social media contexts

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CONTACT: Languages and Discourses in Social Media, Professor Sirpa Leppänen
Department of Languages (P), P.O. Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä, FINLAND | socialmediadiscourses (a) jyu.fi