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Intertextuality

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Intertextuality occurs whenever we observe material from one text occur in other texts, explicitly as well as implicitly.

Indexicality

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Meaning that emerges out of text-context relations. Apart from (often) having a denotational meaning, linguistic and other signs are indexical in that they suggest metapragmatic, metalinguistic, metadiscursive features of meaning. Thus, an utterance may indexically invoke social norms, roles, identities.

Frame

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A frame is a set of meaningful signs connected to specific types of social action. Together they create a 'logic' of action and make the action understandable for those involved in it.

Formats

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Formats are recognizably patterned forms of behavior, subject to norms and judged accordingly by others.

Ethnography

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

Linguicism

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Linguicism is language discrimination or language racism, the discrimination of speakers of a certain language.

Discourse

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Discourse can be seen as language-in-action, something that is effectively used in communication.
zoom

The Age of Zoom Meetings for a person who stutters

Column
Jacob Berexa
28/05/2020
6 minutes to read

The Age of Zoom Meetings is especially difficult for people who stutter (PWS for short). Jacob Berexa explains why zoom is emotionally draining for people with PWS.

Moorkop

Revealing racist words in the superdiverse era

Paper
Anne Marte Gardenier
02/06/2020
11 minutes to read

This article focuses on Dutch vocabulary changes that are brought on by inter-cultural contact as a result of globalization. The superdiverse population of the Netherlands is raising awareness for racist Dutch vocabulary. 

"We only speak Dutch at school"

Paper
Tessa Peters
01/05/2020
11 minutes to read

The use of home languages is not allowed in many schools in the Netherlands although a multilingual approach seems promising. This paper presents strategies that can be used as guidelines for dealing with multilingualism in the classroom.

Qanon, Qarmy, Trump

QArmy vs. QAnon Debunkers: The role of confirmation bias

Paper
Federica Morgandi
23/03/2020
12 minutes to read

QAnon is an American conspiracy theory associated with Trump supporters and right-wing politics. How can one article - which seeks to explain what QAnon is - influence debunkers and believers of the theory?

Betsy Rymes

Diggit profile: Betsy Rymes on citizen sociolinguistics

Interview
Jan Blommaert
11/03/2020

Betsy Rymes (UPenn GSE) talks about how she engaged with 'citizen sociolinguistics' and turned it into a new field of online-offline sociolinguistic research.

Debates on populism and diversity

The monolingual bias in studies on populism

Column
Juan Eduardo Bonnin
06/02/2020
4 minutes to read

Scholarly articles written in English about populism often forget linguistic and discursive diversity.  Drawing from a monolingual tradition, they tend to overlook linguistic and discursive diversity in the political processes they study.

Maastricht

The linguistic landscape of Maastricht

Article
Joël Grassère
02/06/2020
11 minutes to read

Old factory signs, preserved French hotel names and signs in the local dialect paint Maastricht's rich linguistic landscape. An analysis of three examples showcases how the city's history and current developments are embedded in public signs.