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Heteroglossia Online

Translocal Processes of Meaning-Making in Facebook Posts


Caroline Schilling

The nature of communicative practices today, particularly in the context of digitalized media, has revealed that earlier paradigms on language contact do not prove to be fully satisfactory. Based on 1,507 Facebook posts of German university students participating in the Erasmus exchange program, the analysis aims at exploring how posters draw on their entire repertoire of local and «translocal» semiotic resources in interactions among speakers with diverse language backgrounds. The students under examination participate in actual processes of meaning-making by refashioning the semiotic potential of various features. As a result, the interlocutors create heteroglossic and polycentric posts to decollapse collided and fuzzy contexts and to negotiate potentially large and multiple audiences.

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Zugl.: Greifswald, Univ., Diss., 2016

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Schilling, Caroline, 1986- author.

Title: Heteroglossia online : translocal processes of meaning-making in Facebook posts / Caroline Schilling.

Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, [2016] | Series: Sprachkönnen und Sprachbewusstheit in Europa/Language competence and language awareness in Europe | Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: LCCN 2016040179| ISBN 9783631680940 (Print) | ISBN 9783653071979

(E-PDF) | ISBN 9783631701638 (EPDF) | ISBN 9783631701645 (MOBI)

Subjects: LCSH: Languages in contact--Germany | Discourse analysis--Social aspects--Germany. | Facebook (Electronic resource) | Semantics. | Online authorship. | Germany--Discourse analysis.

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