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Linguistics : Language and Social Media

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Anita Auer
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2015 -> 2015

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Upon completion of the course students should
- have acquired a good understanding of the structure and use of digital social media discourse;
- be able to identify and understand different linguistic frameworks and methods, as well as the importance of ethics, that allow for the study of language found in social media contexts;
- be able to compile/collect datasets and use them appropriately in order to shed light on language use in social media contexts, i.e. analyse/interpret data, formulate hypotheses and test them, decide between competing argumentations.
- have developed the ability to present their research results both orally and in written form;
- be well prepared for (linguistic) studies on an MA level.


This course focuses on language and social media, i.e. digital conversational interaction in everyday, professional and also institutional contexts. In recent years, social media are becoming increasingly important for language use, identity creation, social interaction, as well as cultural and political production. In this course, we will thus first be concerned with the development of social media and their changing roles over the years, their key characteristics, and their potential in different communication contexts. The focus will then be on different linguistic frameworks and methods (including ethical guidelines), e.g. sociolinguistics of globalisation, discourse analysis, ethnographic and corpus linguistic approaches, that allow you to analyse language found in social media contexts such as Facebook, Instagram, texting, gChat, Twitter, and personal blogging.


Information regarding evaluation will be provided during the first class of this course.


The following textbook will be used:

Page, Ruth, David Barton, Johann W. Unger & Michele Zappavigna. 2014. Researching Language and Social Media. A Student Guide. London & New York: Routledge.


Additional course reading consists of a range of different articles; details can be found on the moodle page.

Exigences du cursus d'études

- Anglais au moins niveau C1 The successful completion of: - Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (IELL) - Introduction to Diachronic Linguistics (IDL) - a course in Synchronic Linguistics

Informations supplémentaires


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