Autochthonous heritage languages and social media: writing and bilingual practices in Low German on Facebook

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This article analyses how speakers of an autochthonous heritage language (AHL) make use of digital media, through the example of Low German, a regional language used by a decreasing number of speakers mainly in northern Germany. The focus of the analysis is on Web 2.0 and its interactive potential for individual speakers. The study therefore examines linguistic practices on the social network site Facebook, with special emphasis on language choice, bilingual practices and writing in the autochthonous heritage language. The findings suggest that social network sites such as Facebook have the potential to provide new mediatized spaces for speakers of an AHL that can instigate sociolinguistic change.

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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development on 7/3/16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01434632.2016.1151434

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
VolumeEarly online
Early online date7 Mar 2016
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StateE-pub ahead of print - 7 Mar 2016

Bibliographic note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development on 7/3/16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01434632.2016.1151434

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  • autochthonous heritage languages, Low German, mediatisation, sociolinguistic change, writing, bilingual practices, translanguaging

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