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Language and Social Media

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Christian Ilbury (QMUL) explores the use of language on social media. In the first module, we think about the influence of technology and the internet on language more generally. After that, in the second module, we think about some of the rules and norms of internet communication, including the replacement of non-written paralinguistic cues that are found in spoken/face-to-face communication (e.g. tone, gesture, etc.) with written ones. In the third module, we think about how the affordances and constraints of particular platforms influence the kind of communication that takes place on that platform, before turning in the fourth module to the role of social media in activism and protest. In the fifth module, we think about how social media creates new contexts for communication, including the concept of context collapse, before turning in the sixth and final module to consider how certain varieties of spoken English are represented on social media – both by those who are habitual speakers of that variety, and those who are not.

About the Lecturer

Dr Christian Ilbury is Visiting Fellow at the University of Suffolk. He is a sociolinguist who is broadly interested in Language Variation and Change (LVC). His research examines the intersection between language variation and digital culture, with a specific focus on analysing variable patterns of language use across offline and online space.

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