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See detailDigital language practices in superdiversity
Androutsopoulos, Jannis; Juffermans, Kasper UL

in Discourse, Context & Media (2014), 3(4-5), 1-120

This special issue brings together research at the intersection of two emerging areas of scholarship in sociocultural linguistics, digital communication and superdiversity. It explores this relationship ... [more ▼]

This special issue brings together research at the intersection of two emerging areas of scholarship in sociocultural linguistics, digital communication and superdiversity. It explores this relationship from two angles: the role of digital language practices in contexts of societal superdiversity, and the relevance of superdiversity as a theoretical perspective for the study of digital language practices. The detailed empirical analyses of the nine papers in the issue show that digital language practices in settings of superdiversity extend and complicate the semiotic resources available to people or their performance of identities and social relationships. [less ▲]

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See detailDutch–Chinese repertoires and language ausbau in superdiversity: A view from digital media
Juffermans, Kasper UL; Blommaert, Jan; Kroon, Sjaak et al

in Discourse, Context & Media (2014), 3(4-5), 48-61

The Chinese diaspora in the Netherlands is undergoing a dramatic diversification since the 1990s. This is manifested sociolinguistically in a shift from Cantonese and traditional character script to ... [more ▼]

The Chinese diaspora in the Netherlands is undergoing a dramatic diversification since the 1990s. This is manifested sociolinguistically in a shift from Cantonese and traditional character script to Mandarin and simplified characters as default registers of Chinese. Young people of Chinese heritage critically respond to and (re-) position themselves against these changes. This paper explores their identity work and language identifications and adopts a view from digital media to this end. Such a view provides insight into the unstable and shifting conditions and contexts of being, speaking and learning Chinese in the diaspora. Theoretically the paper builds on a view of language as practice, translanguaging, repertoires and linguistic citizenship, and revisits Heinz Kloss' notion of “ausbau” as a concept in language policy and planning. Applied to both language and identity, the revisited notion of ausbau is meant to capture the tension between language/identity as an individual, biographic project involving personal investment and planning, and language/identity as a social, historical project sponsored by nations and states (such as the PRC). In the discussion threads that are presented and analysed, both of these poles provoke critical reflection and stancetaking: critique and resistance to the hegemonic power of the PRC's language ausbau, and self-critique in the form of self-depreciating evaluation of personally accomplished language ausbau. This contribution draws on a recently completed two-year ethnographic study in and around a Chinese complementary school in the Netherlands as part of a larger funded project investigating discourses of inheritance and identities in four multilingual European settings. [less ▲]

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See detailDigital language practices in superdiversity: Introduction
Androutsopoulos, Jannis; Juffermans, Kasper UL

in Discourse, Context & Media (2014), 3(4-5), 1-6

This article introduces a special issue on digital language practices in superdiversity that brings together research at the intersection of two emerging areas of scholarship in sociocultural linguistics ... [more ▼]

This article introduces a special issue on digital language practices in superdiversity that brings together research at the intersection of two emerging areas of scholarship in sociocultural linguistics, digital communication and superdiversity. It explores this relationship from two angles: the role of digital language practices in contexts of societal superdiversity, and the relevance of superdiversity as a theoretical perspective for the study of digital language practices. This introduction first outlines the concept of superdiversity and the way digital media and communication technologies are conceptualized in literature on superdiversity and relevant earlier scholarship. It then turns to the reception of superdiversity in sociolinguistics and the role of digital language and literacy in this discussion and outlines a number of research perspectives on digital language practices in superdiversity. The detailed empirical analyses of the nine papers in the issue show that digital language practices in settings of superdiversity extend and complicate the semiotic resources available to people or their performance of identities and social relationships. [less ▲]

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See detailDigital superdiversity in Luxembourg: The role of Luxembourgish in a multilingual Facebook group
Belling, Luc UL; De Bres, Julia UL

in Discourse, Context & Media (2014), 4-5(2014), 74-86

The concept of superdiversity (Vertovec 2007) is useful for describing the linguistic and demographic situation of Luxembourg. Luxembourg has a historically trilingual language situation incorporating ... [more ▼]

The concept of superdiversity (Vertovec 2007) is useful for describing the linguistic and demographic situation of Luxembourg. Luxembourg has a historically trilingual language situation incorporating Luxembourgish, French and German. In addition to this, the growth of the financial sector has increased the presence of English as a lingua franca. In addition to changing migration patterns, new online phenomena also influence language and communication practices in Luxembourg. This paper analyses digital communication practices related to superdiversity in a Facebook group associated with Luxembourg. Although the main purpose of this group is to facilitate the gifting of consumer goods, it has the side-effect of promoting intercultural and multilingual contact among diverse residents of Luxembourg. The paper focuses on how communication is organised between the diverse members of the group, based on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of language practices over the first eighteen months of the group's existence. The analysis illustrates how language became an issue with the growth of the group, shows how members' language practices changed over time, and highlights the role of the group administrators, who intervened to regulate incidents within the group and facilitate group communication. The paper also considers how technical features of this particular digital environment impact on communication practices within the group. The results of the analysis show that language practices of group members tend inexorably towards homogenisation rather than diversification, putting into question the relationship between a superdiverse context and superdiverse communicative practices. [less ▲]

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