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“Join our community of translators”: Language ideologies and/in Facebook

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Show simple item record Lenihan, Aoife 2017-11-28T15:39:48Z 2017-11-28T15:39:48Z 2011
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract In this chapter, I am concerned with the language ideologies present in — and expressed through — the metalinguistic discourse of Facebook’s “translations” application and the metalinguistic commentary of the Facebook “translators” as a community of what can be termed “language mavens” (Cameron, 1996), “language brokers” (Blommaert, 1999), or just “language workers” (Thurlow, 2007). Metalanguage is often understood simply as language about language, but, as Jaworski et al. (2004, p. 4) suggest, this is too literal a characterization for what they prefer to describe more broadly as any “language in the context of linguistic representations and evaluations.” Certainly, the individual “translators” of Facebook are engaged in policing language in the sense that Blommaert et al. (2009, p. 203) talk about the “production of ‘order’ — normatively organised and policed conduct.” Metalanguage thus inevitably works at an ideological level, influencing people’s actions and priorities in a number of often quite concrete ways. The case study I am presenting here offers an insight into the ways language ideologies are uniquely produced by the “community of translators” who are themselves also facilitated (and encouraged) by Facebook Inc. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Digital Discourse: Language in the New Media, Thurlow, C & Mroczek, K (eds); chapter 3, pp. 48-64
dc.rights © 2011 Oxford University Press. This is the author's version of "“Join our community of translators”: Language ideologies and/in Facebook" the final definitive version is available at en_US
dc.subject Facebook en_US
dc.title “Join our community of translators”: Language ideologies and/in Facebook en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795437.001.0001
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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