Investigating multilingualism and multisemioticity as communicative resources in social media
Leppänen, S., & Kytölä, S. (2017). Investigating multilingualism and multisemioticity as communicative resources in social media. In M. Martin-Jones, & D. Martin (Eds.), Researching Multilingualism : Critical and ethnographic perspectives (pp. 155-171). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315405346-20
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This chapter discusses the role of multilingualism and multisemioticity as key resources in communication in contemporary interest-driven social media. We approach social media as translocal arenas for social interaction and (trans)cultural activities (Leppänen 2008, 2012; Kytölä in press) which complement and intertwine with participants’ offline realities in different ways. In particular, we show how the investigation of such activities can benefit from a multi-dimensional framework drawing on insights from several fields, including online ethnography, the study of multimodality, and research into computer-mediated discourse (CMD).
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