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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.

ELLA 2.0

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ELLA stands for "Ethnographic Linguistic Landscape Analysis", and 2.0 points to the fact that offline signs are followed through to their online dimensions. ELLA 2.0 is, thus, online-offline Ethnographic Linguistic Landscape Analysis.

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.

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.

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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The ‘other goal’ in language and information policies

Article
Sjaak Kroon
02/09/2022
8 minutes to read

The domain of language and information practices is a meeting place of formal policies and norms from above and informal practices and norms from below. But who decides on such policies: governments, tech companies or practitioners?

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The case of Elizabeth Holmes: from Silicon Valley Feminist to Fraud

Article
Lily Francois
21/10/2021
8 minutes to read

Elizabeth Holmes is recently convicted. She was charged by federal authorities for operating a multi-million-dollar scheme. Holmes’ company Theranos went from an innovative tech start-up to the biggest fraud case in Silicon Valley. 

To Jan Blommaert

Article
Sirpa Leppänen
25/03/2021
13 minutes to read

When Sirpa Leppänen, Elina Westinen and Samu Kytölä were thinking about how to put together their message to Jan Blommaert, they came up with the idea to design it as a dialogue.  A dialogue about academia, messiness and friendship. 

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In memory of Jan Blommaert 

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Sjaak Kroon
08/01/2021
5 minutes to read

It is with deep sadness that we received the news that January 7th, 2021, Jan Blommaert passed away at the age of 59.

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Jan Blommaert, the trail blazer

Article
Anna De Fina
06/01/2021
7 minutes to read

Anna De Fina met Jan Blommaert in the early 2000’s during a workshop on Narrative and Identity. That workshop was one of the pivotal experiences of her academic career and, to a certain extent of her life.