publication . Article . 2004

Second Language Socialization in a Bilingual Chat Room: Global and Local Considerations

Wan Shun Eva Lam;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Sep 2004 Journal: Language Learning and Technology, volume 8, issue 3, pages 44-65 (issn: 1094-3501, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii
Abstract
This paper considers how global practices of English on the Internet intersect with local practices of English in the territorial or national sphere in constructing the language experiences of immigrant learners. Using a multi-contextual approach to language socialization, this paper examines the social and discursive practices in a Chinese/English bilingual chat room and how this Internet chat room provides an additional context of language socialization for two teenage Chinese immigrants in the US. Analysis of discourse, interview, and observational data reveals that a mixed-code variety of English is adopted and developed among the focal youth and their peers...
Subjects
free text keywords: lcsh:Special aspects of education, lcsh:LC8-6691, lcsh:Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar, lcsh:P101-410
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