Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

Center for the Study of Language and Society

Fabricating youth: Language ideologies and digital media

Donnerstag, 15.10.2020, 16:15 Uhr

Vortrag aus der Reihe "Ringvorlesung Jugendsprache"

Das Forum Language and Society ist eine Reihe von Gastvorträgen zu Themen der Soziolinguistik. Doktorierende der GSAH können sich die Teilnahme als Zuhörende mit 0,25 ECTS pro Vortrag anrechnen lassen. MA Studierende der Soziolinguistik können sich nach Teilnahme an 6 Vorträgen 1 ECTS anrechnen lassen.

Veranstaltende: Forum Language and Society
Redner, Rednerin: Prof. Dr. Crispin Thurlow, Universität Bern
Datum: 15.10.2020
Uhrzeit: 16:15 - 17:45 Uhr
Ort: F-122 und online
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In this presentation, and following on the heels of Jannis Androutsopoulos’ opening lecture, I consider how digital discourse is deployed a resources for adults to construct young people as different and to perform their own status as “grown-ups”. I will do this in two parts by drawing on some of my older work and some of my newer work. In Part 1, I focus on language ideologies and the metalinguistic framing of young people’s digital discourse; this is organized around the analytic framework of iconicity, erasure, and recursivity. In Part 2, I focus on the way these same language ideological processes are expressed visually; here, I orient to the social semiotic analysis of narrativity, salience, and social distance. Across both parts of the presentation I want to show how young people – particularly young women – come off poorly in the widespread (mis)representation of their digital media practices. Once again, therefore, young people are treated as a site for policing not only language and communication, but also the social order: for preserving the status quo and, supposedly, for preventing moral decline.