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Junk News

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news spread that is only time-consuming and addicting but not relevant (Venturini, 2019)

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.
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Farewell, Jan Blommaert

Article
Tom Van Hout
12/01/2021
2 minutes to read

Tom Van Hout says farewell to Jan Blommaert. He praises not only the academic, but also the man who normalized vulnerability

Stellenbosch University Language Policy changes for the Afrikaans Language

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Nastassja Wessels
11/12/2020
27 minutes to read

An array of historical issues surrounding the Afrikaans Language has led to a final stand-off between the Open Stellenbosch movement and the Stellenbosch University, which resulted in a change in Language Policy. Was the LP process democratic? 

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Gamification in self-improvement apps

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Rebecca de Jongh
05/10/2020
11 minutes to read

Through gamification it is possible to work on a more engaging way of learning and to truly let learners use their creative potential. Nevertheless, we should keep in mind that using gamification is highly contextualized.

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The Age of Zoom Meetings for a person who stutters

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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.