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Virtual Frisian: A comparison of language use in North and West Frisian virtual communities

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Title:Virtual Frisian: A comparison of language use in North and West Frisian virtual communities
Authors:Belmar, Guillem
Heyen, Hauke
Keywords:North Frisian
West Frisian
virtual communities
breathing spaces
minoritized languages
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Date Issued:Jun 2021
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Belmar, Guillem & Hauke Heyen. 2021. Virtual Frisian: A comparison of language use in North and West Frisian virtual communities. Language Documentation & Conservation 15: 285-315.
Abstract:Social networking sites have become ubiquitous in our daily communicative exchanges, which has brought about new platforms of identification and opened possibilities that were out of reach for many minoritized communities. As they represent an increasing percentage of the media we consume, these sites have been considered crucial for revitalization processes. However, the growing importance of social media may also pose a problem for minoritized languages, as the need for communication with a wider audience seems to require the use of a language of wider communication. One way in which this apparent need for a global language can be avoided is by creating virtual communities where the minoritized languages can be used without competition, a virtual breathing space.
This study analyzes language practices of eight communities: four North Frisian and four West Frisian virtual communities. The analysis focuses on the languages used in each community, the topics discussed, as well as the status of the minoritized language in the community. A total of 1,127 posts are analyzed to determine whether these communities function as breathing spaces, the factors that may foster or prevent the emergence of these spaces, and the similarities and differences between these two sociolinguistic contexts.
Pages/Duration:31 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/74647
ISSN:1934-5275
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Journal:Language Documentation & Conservation
Volume:15
Appears in Collections: Volume 15 : Language Documentation & Conservation


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