1st Edition

Multilingualism Online

By Carmen Lee Copyright 2017
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    By the co-author of Language Online, this book builds on the earlier work while focusing on multilingualism in the digital world. Drawing on a range of digital media – from email to chatrooms and social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube – Lee demonstrates how online multilingualism is closely linked to people's offline literacy practices and identities, and examines the ways in which people draw on multilingual resources in their internet participation. Bringing together central concepts in sociolinguistics and internet linguistics, the eight chapters cover key issues such as:


    • language choice
    • code-switching
    • identities
    • language ideologies
    • minority languages
    • online translation. 


    Examples in the book are drawn from both all the major languages and many lesser-written ones such as Chinese dialects, Egyptian Arabic, Irish, and Welsh. A chapter on methodology provides practical information for students and researchers interested in researching online multilingualism from a mixed methods and practice-based approach.


    Multilingualism Online is key reading for all students and researchers in the area of multilingualism and new media, as well as those who want to know more about languages in the digital world.



    List of Tables and Figures *

    Acknowledgements *

    Foreword to Multilingualism Online by Mark Sebba *

    Chapter 1 Multilingualism Online: Background and Approach *

    Chapter 2 Linguistic Diversity and Language Choice Online *

    Chapter 3 Written Code-switching Online *

    Chapter 4 Multilingual Practices and Identities Online *

    Chapter 5 Representations of Multilingualism on the Internet *

    Chapter 6 Minority Languages and the Internet *

    Chapter 7 Online Translation as Multilingual Practices *

    Chapter 8
    Researching Multilingualism Online: Current Trends and Future Perspectives

    Epilogue to Multilingualism Online by Susan Herring

    Appendix 1 *

    Bibliography *


    Carmen Lee

    "A timely addition to the growing scholarship on language use in digital contexts. In this book, Lee elegantly weaves together topics ranging from linguistic diversity to code-switching to online translation. Written in a highly engaging style, Multilingualism Online is the first comprehensive work to engage with these topics since Danet & Herring´s The Multilingual Internet (2007); at the same time, Lee shows us just how much has changed over the last decade -- both in terms of technological affordances as well as in our digital practices." Camilla Vásquez, University of South Florida, USA