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Chronotope

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A chronotope, as defined by Bakhtin, is a specific spacetime context enabling a plot, characters, and rules for action and meaning.

Linguistic landscape

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Linguistic landscape is an object of sociolinguistic analysis and comprises publicly visible language samples displayed in a certain area.

Coevalness

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The term coevalness refers to sharing the same timeframe. Much like 'medieval' refers to the middle ages, co-eval refers to a shared age.

Ethnography

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Ethnography can be defined as the small-scale study of human behavior through "clinical" observation and intersubjective participation.

Digital ethnography

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Digital ethnography is a specific approach to research ‘on online practices and communications, and on offline practices shaped by digitalisation’
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The COVID19 lockdown rules: How we learn and adjust

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Jan Blommaert
19/05/2020
7 minutes to read

The COVID19 lockdown crisis involves many of us rapidly learning and adjusting to entirely new rules, many of which used to be 'weird' until recently.

Contemporary vampires: Should we be afraid of the dark?

Article
Savina Karneva
22/05/2020
12 minutes to read

Real vampires live among us. Who are they, what indexes a "real vampire", and are they a threat to society? This article delves into what shapes real vampires into a deviant social group.

Skaters in Eindhoven

When are you 'skater enough' in Eindhoven?

Article
Tinka Krikke
14/04/2020
10 minutes to read

Skaters in Eindhoven seem to form communities with their own norms and ideas about authenticity. How does one become an authentic skater in the city and how do they represent themselves on social media?

The exclusiveness of Oeteldonkers

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Pip Minkels
21/02/2020
16 minutes to read

Every year during Carnaval, the Dutch city of Den Bosch turns into 'Oeteldonk' and its inhabitants turn into 'Oeteldonkers'. This article deals with the characteristics that make someone an authentic Oeteldonker.

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Political polarization in Ghent: a "radical" linguistic landscape

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Claudia Gerards
08/05/2020
32 minutes to read

With a shift towards the far-right, politics in Flanders have become rather polarized. In Ghent's linguistic landscape, we see counter noise coming from the left. What does this tell us about Ghent in the context of Flemish politics?

Lauren Zentz

Lauren Zentz on Digital Culture in 2018 and 2019

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The Editors
14/12/2018

In this interview Lauren Zentz shares her thoughts about the impact of digital culture, and talks about her hopes for the future. For instance, she hopes that her work will contribute to our understandings of how to conduct sociolinguistic and ethnographic research that accounts for the power and even the ubiquity of the internet in many people’s daily lives.