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Heteroglossia Online

Translocal Processes of Meaning-Making in Facebook Posts

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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.

BIC Classifications

  • Language (C)
    • linguistics (CF)
      • Sociolinguistics (CFB)
      • Semantics, discourse analysis, etc (CFG)
      • Computational linguistics (CFX)
  • Geographical (1)
    • Europe (1D)
      • British Isles (1DB)
        • United Kingdom, Great Britain (1DBK)
    • The Americas (1K)
      • North America (1KB)
        • USA (1KBB)
  • Languages (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • English (2AB)
        • American English (2ABM)

BISAC Classifications

  • Computers (COM)
    • COMPUTERS / Data Processing (COM018000)
  • Foreign Language Study (FOR)
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / General (FOR000000)
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / German (FOR009000)
  • Language Arts & Disciplines (LAN)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General (LAN000000)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General (LAN009000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Language & Linguistics (C)
    • Linguistics (CF)
      • Sociolinguistics (CFB)
      • Semantics, discourse analysis, stylistics (CFG)
      • Computational linguistics (CFX)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • Europe (1D)
      • Western Europe (1DD)
        • United Kingdom, Great Britain (1DDU)
    • The Americas (1K)
      • North America (USA & Canada) (1KB)
        • United States of America, USA (1KBB)
  • Language qualifiers (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • Germanic & Scandinavian languages (2AC)
        • English (2ACB)
          • American English (2ACBK)