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The Multilingual Internet: Language, Culture, and Communication Online

Brenda Danet and Susan C. Herring


Although English is the de facto lingua franca of the Internet, most Internet users are not native speakers of English. Two-thirds of the one billion users now online communicate in other languages, in non-native English, or both. Yet the English-based scholarly literature on computer-mediated communication (CMC) does not reflect this diversity. This book analyzes text-based CMC in multiple languages other than native English. Its eighteen chapters, most of them case studies focusing on a particular language or multilingual situation, address a range of topics: writing systems and the Internet ... More

Keywords: CMC features, code switching, culture, gender, language choice, lingua franca, linguistic diversity, non-native English, playfulness, writing systems

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304794
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304794.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brenda Danet, editor
Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Emerita)

Susan C. Herring, editor
Indiana University
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1 Introduction

Brenda Danet, and Susan C. Herring

Part I Writing Systems and the Internet

2 “A Funky Language for Teenzz to Use”

David Palfreyman, and Muhamed Al Khalil

4 Neography

Jacques Anis

6 Greeklish and Greekness

Dimitris Koutsogiannis, and Bessie Mitsikopoulou

Part II Linguistic and Discourse Features of Computer-Mediated Communication

9 Enhancing the Status of Catalan versus Spanish in Online Academic Forums

Salvador Climent, Joaquim MorÉ, Antoni Oliver, MÍriam Salvatierra, Imma SÀnchez, and TaulÉ Mariona

Part III Gender and Culture

10 Gender and Turn Allocation in a Thai Chat Room

Siriporn Panyametheekul, and Susan C. Herring

Part IV Language Choice and Code Switching

13 Language Choice Online

Mark Warschauer, Ghada R. El Said, and Ayman Zohry

16 Anyone Speak Swedish?

Ann-Sofie Axelsson, Åsa Abelin, and Ralph Schroeder

Part V Broader Perspectives: Language Diversity

17 The European Union in Cyberspace

Ruth Wodak, and Scott Wright

18 How Much Multilingualism?

John C. Paolillo

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