Trans-National English in Social Media Communities

  • Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain

Part of the Language and Globalization book series (LAGL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain
    Pages 1-22
  3. Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain
    Pages 23-60
  4. Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain
    Pages 61-88
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    Pages 89-133
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    Pages 135-278
  7. Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain
    Pages 279-290
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 291-315

About this book


This book explores the use of English within otherwise local-language conversations by two continental European social media communities. The analysis of these communities serves not only as a comparison of online language practices, but also as a close look at how globalization phenomena and ‘international English’ play out in the practices of everyday life in different non-English-speaking countries. The author concludes that the root of the distinctive practices in the two communities studied is the disparity between their language ideologies. She argues that community participants draw on their respective national language ideologies, which have developed over centuries, but also reach beyond any static forms of those ideologies to negotiate, contest, and re-evaluate them. This book will be of interest to linguists and other social scientists interested in social media, youth language and the real-world linguistic consequences of globalization.

Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain is Professor of German and Applied Linguistics at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research includes work in language, migration, and identity, code-switching both in communities and in the language classroom, and language attitudes. 


communities computer-mediated spaces social media language multilingualism language ideologies English

Authors and affiliations

  • Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain
    • 1
  1. 1.Modern Languages and Cultural StudiesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-50614-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-50615-3
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