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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.
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.

Picture of rapper Lizzo

Lizzo, body positivity and being '100% THAT bitch'

Article
Simone Sprangers
19/02/2020
17 minutes to read

The infamous line '100% that bitch' from hit song 'Truth Hurts', made rapper Lizzo one of the biggest names in music today. Her success story is closely connected to the current phase of globalization.

K-Pop as a Linguistic Phenomenon

K-Pop as a linguistic phenomenon

Article
Luna-Anastasia Riedel
09/03/2020
13 minutes to read

The interest in Korean pop music has been rising over the last couple of years making the Korean Wave grow. As part of its fan following, K-Pop has developed into a unique linguistic phenomenon, whereby fans are familiarized with Korean.

Rita Kothari

Diggit profile: Rita Kothari

Interview
Jan Blommaert
09/01/2020

Rita Kothari is one of India's most prominent translators and female public intellectuals. In this Diggit profile, she talks about her work and how it speaks to the complexities of contemporary India. 

How globalization has changed corporate communication

Article
Simon Moser
04/03/2020
16 minutes to read

As globalization and digitalization advance at a rapid pace, corporate communication has entered a new paradigm that features transnational strategies, as well as direct and emotional language.