Language and identity in the digital age

Authored by: Ron Darvin

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138774728
eBook ISBN: 9781315669816
Adobe ISBN: 9781317365242


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Technology in the twenty-first century has transformed the world in multiple, exciting and unanticipated ways. Facilitating the rapid flow of information, capital and services across the globe, it has dramatically revolutionised the way we work, communicate and interact with one another. More affordable travel, mobile communication devices, social media and online connectivity have enabled new patterns of movement and forms of social participation. In this digitally connected world, people move fluidly across online and offline spaces, blurring the boundaries of time and space and transforming notions of public and private domains (Gee and Hayes 2011). The concept of space has become more embedded in people’s imaginations, leading to new identifications, allegiances and relations (Warriner 2007). As technology continues to permeate all aspects of human life and transform the social order, it has impacted on language and identity in significant ways.

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