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Online Identity and Code-Switching in Teenage Girls on Faceb
Transcript of Online Identity and Code-Switching in Teenage Girls on Faceb
Terms and Ideas
Ellcessor and Duncan
Knobel and Lankshear
Sankoff and Poplack
Adolescent girls invent an online identity, which is tied to gender and language use
Individual speech acts online help shape individual identity
Adolescent girls code-switch depending their audience
Online Community with approximately 1.19 billion active users (September 2013)
Affinity Space, especially for young adults who naturally congregate in the space to communicate
Allows for open communication between participants—Is it honest communication? How much does one code-switch to ensure she is understood and accepted?
Collection of individual Facebook profiles including Timelines, Posts, Tags, and Comments
Female users—Ages 16-18 who live in Palmer, AK, attend the same school, have the same friends, and move in the same social circles
Gender differences are just as present on Facebook as they are in spoken discourse.
Gender stereotypes on Facebook
Differences in language used online versus on Facebook specifically
Code-switching online based on audience
Friends with one of the participants
Not Facebook friends with the other participants
Observer rather than participant observer
Gathering information has been difficult, but not because of access
Online technologies allow young people to manipulate and play with identity by taking risks.
Data Set #1
Data Set #2
By: Shanna Allen
Conclusions and Implications
Are particularly susceptible to code-switching dependent on audience
Use informal speech, emoticons, slang, and non-standard grammar while communicating with peers
Use more formal speech, less emoticons, and proper punctuation when communicating with a mixed group—ie: adults (including teachers) and peers
More research needed on a larger data set of adolescent girls.
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