Englishes and digital literacy practices

Lankshear, Colin, and Knobel, Michele (2014) Englishes and digital literacy practices. In: Leung, Constant, and Street, Brian V., (eds.) The Routledge Companion to English Studies. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 451-463.

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[Extract] Two themes important to English language studies form the background to this chapter. The first is language variety and the sheer plurality and diversity of "Englishes" (e.g. Widdowson 1997). The second is the empirical reality of the "multilingual internet" (Daner and Herring 2007: 3) and the fact that many millions of non-native English-speakers are active participants in online cultural affinities within English-dominant contexts. Specifically, we focus here on the idea that proficiency in social languages is central to realizing and enacting shared knowledge, values and expectations for online communication within spaces of popular cultural affinity. Focusing on social languages expands conventional views of what counts as "English" within digital literacy practices. We consider examples from the growing corpus of work that documents in rich detail diverse cases of language in use by non-native language speakers within online social practices.

Item ID: 32438
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-415-67618-2
Keywords: digital literacies; literacy; cultural practices
Date Deposited: 21 May 2015 04:36
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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