Digital Metroliteracies

Space, Diversity, and Identity

Authored by: Dovchin Sender , Pennycook Alastair

Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138206304
eBook ISBN: 9781315465258
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Facebook now plays a significant role in the everyday digital literacy practices of people around the world (de Bres, 2015). Desperately trying to keep up with the proliferation of online semiotic practices, scholarship on online digital literacy has emphasized linguistic diversity and semiotic heterogeneity as some of the crucial literacy characteristics of Facebook (Leppänen, Møller, Nørreby, Stæhr, & Kytöla, 2015). The combination of diverse linguistic resources, repertoires, modes, codes, genres, and styles in online and Facebook environments emphasizes the growing need to problematize more traditional concepts, such as bi/multilingualism and codeswitching (Sharma, 2012; Sultana et al., 2013, 2015), a process that has become a major focus of contemporary sociolinguistics (Pennycook, 2016). When Androutsopoulos (2007) refers to linguistic and literacy diversity on the Internet, he directly associates it with creativity saturated with different semiotic resources rather than mixed language systems.

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