Thursday, August 17, 2006
Journal of Sociolinguistics: CMC Issues
Theme Issue: Sociolinguistics and computer-mediated communication
Issue editor: Jannis Androutsopoulos
Introduction: Sociolinguistics and computer-mediated communication
Susan C. Herring and John C. Paolillo
Gender and genre variation in weblogs
Language and sexuality in Spanish and English dating chats
Code choice and code-switching in Swiss-German Internet Relay Chat rooms
Multilingualism and commercial language practices on the Internet
Multilingualism, diaspora, and the Internet: Codes and identities on German-based diaspora websites
Postscript: Computer-mediated communication in sociolinguistics
i'm most excited about the introduction and postscript articles, to be honest. i don't think enough has been said about the actual application of sociocultural linguistics to what goes on in computer-mediated discourse. i wants to read about theory. i wants to read about methods.
(i want to read about ICT ethnography too, actually - where are all the linguistic anthropologists at?)
this is definitely exciting. interesting to see so many german/swiss-german articles out there on this topic.
androutsopoulos's introduction to the issue is, well, kind of brilliant. it gives a decent overview of the cmc-sling literature thus far, defines some areas of research that are especially pertinent to sociolinguistics working on CMD, and gives a great critique of 'netspeak' and ideas about relatively homogenous 'online language' in general. it certainly won't be anything new to most people blogging here, but it's really refreshing to see her ideas put out in print, and especially in the journal of socioling.
btw. it's "his ideas", not "her ideas"... jannis is greek for john, spelled according to german orthography rules :-)