The Multilingual Internet: Language, Culture, and Communication Online

Paperback | June 18, 2007

EditorBrenda Danet, Susan C. Herring

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Two thirds of global internet users are non-English speakers. Despite this, most scholarly literature on the internet and computer-mediated-communication (CMC) focuses exclusively on English. This is the first book devoted to analyzing internet related CMC in languages other than English. Thevolume collects 18 new articles on facets of language and internet use, all of which revolve around several central topics: writing systems, the structure and features of local languages and how they affect internet use, code switching between multiple languages, gender issues, public policy issues,and so on.

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Two thirds of global internet users are non-English speakers. Despite this, most scholarly literature on the internet and computer-mediated-communication (CMC) focuses exclusively on English. This is the first book devoted to analyzing internet related CMC in languages other than English. Thevolume collects 18 new articles on facets of...

Brenda Danet is a Professor Emerita of Sociology and Communication at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Susan Herring is a Professor of Information Science and Linguistics at Indiana University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 1.1 inPublished:June 18, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195304802

ISBN - 13:9780195304800

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Chapter 1: Introduction: Welcome to the Multilingual Internet. Brenda Danet and Susan C. Herring: Part I: Writing Systems and the InternetChapter 2: "A Funky Language for Teenzz to Use:" Representing Gulf Arabic in Instant Messaging. David Palfreyman and Muhamed Al Khalil: Chapter 4: Neography: Unconventional Spelling in French SMS Text Messages. Jacques Anis: Chapter 5: "It's all Greeklish to me!:" Linguistic and Sociocultural Perspectives on Roman-alphabeted Greek in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Communication. Theodora Tseliga: Chapter 6: Greeklish and Greekness: Trends and Discourses of "Glocalness". Dimitris Koutsogiannis and Bessie Mitsikopoulou: Chapter 7: Linguistic Innovations and Interactional Features of Japanese BBS Communication. Yukiko Nishimura: Chapter 8: Linguistic Features of Email and ICQ Instant Messaging in Hong Kong. Carmen K. M. Lee: Chapter 9: Can Machine Translation Enhance the Status of Catalan versus Spanish in Online Academic Forums? Salvador Climent, Joaquim Mor'e, Antoni Oliver, M'iriam Salvatierra, Imma Sanchez, and Mariona Taule: Part III: Gender and CultureChapter 10: Gender and Turn Allocation in a Thai Chat Room. Siriporn Panyametheekul and Susan C. Herring: Chapter 11: Breaking Conversational Norms of a Portuguese Users Network: Men as Adjudicators of Politeness? Sandi Michele de Oliveira: Chapter 12: Kaomoji and Expressivity in a Japanese Housewives' Chatroom. Hirofumi Katsuno and Christine Yano: Part IV: Language Choice and Code-SwitichingChapter 13: Language Choice Online: Globalization and Identity in Egypt. Mark Warschauer, Ghada R. El Said, and Ayman Zohry: Chapter 14: Language Choice on a Swiss Mailing List. Mercedes Durham: Chapter 15: Language Choice and Code-Switching in German-Based Diasporic Web Forums. Jannis Androutsopoulos: Chapter 16: Anyone Speak Swedish? Tolerance for Language Shifting in Graphical Multi-User Virtual Environments. Ann-Sofie Axelsson, Asa Abelin, and Ralph Schroeder: Part V: Broader Perspectives: Language DiversityChapter 17: The European Union in Cyberspace: Democratic Participation via Online Multilingual Discussion Boards. Ruth Wodak and Scott Wright: Chapter 18: How Much Multilingualism? Language Diversity on the Internet. John C. Paolillo: Index

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"This book constitutes a landmark contribution to investigations into varied facets of language, culture, and onine communication. Just as [Naomi] Baron comments, it will prove to be a classic work among the internet literature. The volume will provide an invaluable resource for students as well as researchers in an array of fields." --Linguist List