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1st Edition

The Sociolinguistics of Digital Englishes

ISBN 9781138025790
Published March 1, 2016 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

The Sociolinguistics of Digital Englishes introduces core areas of sociolinguistics and explores how each one has been transformed by the current era of digital communication and the Internet. Addressing the changing dynamics of English(es) in the digital age, this ground-breaking book:

  • discusses the spread of English and its current status as a global language;
  • demonstrates how key concepts such as language change, speech communities, gender construction and code-switching are affected by digital communications;
  • analyzes examples of the interaction of Englishes and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Urban Dictionary; and
  • provides questions for discussion and further reading with each chapter.

Accessible and innovative, this book will be key reading for all students studying sociolinguistics and digital communication or with an interest in language in the globalized multimedia world.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 - Introduction: Language, Englishes, and Technology in Perspective

Chapter 2 - Language, Society, and Changing Networks

Chapter 3 - Code-switching, Code-mixing, and Virtual Englishes

Chapter 4 - English Knowledge, Power, and Internet Competence

Chapter 5 - Changing Varieties, Discourse Practices, and Identity

Chapter 6 - The Sociolinguistics of Gender and Race Construction on the Internet

Chapter 7 - Truthfulness and Access in Online Communication

Chapter 8 - Culture and Webs of Significance

Chapter 9 - Conclusions


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Patricia Friedrich is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition/Linguistics at Arizona State University, USA.

Eduardo H. Diniz de Figueiredo is Assistant Professor of English at Universidade Federal do ParanĂ¡, Brazil.


"This is a book we have badly needed. The Sociolinguistics of Digital Englishes is about language, culture, society, world Englishes, digital media, and the modern global world. It is an excellent introduction to each area and to their integration. But is also full of deep insights and path-breaking ideas. It is rare that anything this usable as a textbook is this smart."
James Paul Gee, Arizona State University, USA

"This well-researched, pioneering book will help build sociolinguistic knowledge about the Internet rights/responsibilities of users of English."
Francisco Gomes de Matos, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco and ABA Global Education, Recife, Brazil