Social media and everyday languaging – University of Copenhagen

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Social media and everyday languaging

This study concerns the role of social media in young peoples’ everyday lives and it addresses how social media can be approached from a sociolinguistic and ethnographic perspective. My research is driven by an interest in how the complexity and mobility of linguistic and social resources across online and offline contexts make sense to the group of adolescents I study.

As a part of a collaborative project I have carried out ethnographic fieldwork among a group of adolescents at a Copenhagen grade school and during their leisure time activities over a period of three years. At the same time I carried out online ethnography by following the adolescents’ activities on Facebook. A recurrent theme in my research is how to approach the study of social media in contemporary society. Methodologically and analytically I argue that it is fruitful to approach social media as connected to other aspects of peoples’ everyday lives. This approach entails a combination of online and offline methods for data collection. The focal areas of this project are:  

  • social media and sociolinguistic normativity
  • social media, semiotic resources and popular culture

Read more about the project
Stæhr, Andreas (2014): Social media and everyday language use among Copenhagen youth, PhD. Thesis, University of Copenhagen.   

Stæhr, A. (2014): Languaging and normativity on Facebook. K. Arnaut, M. Spotti & M. S. Karrebæk (eds.), Wasted language. Super-diversity and the sociolinguistics of interstices. Clevedon, Avon: Multilingual Matters. 

Stæhr, A. (2014): Metapragmatic activities on Facebook: Enregisterment across written and spoken language practices. Working papers in urban language and literacies, paper 124. London: Kings College London. 

Stæhr, A. (2014): Appropriation of transcultural flows among Copenhagen youth - the case of Illuminati. In; Androutsopoulos, J., Juffermans, K. (Eds.), Superdiversity and digital language practices, Discourse, Context & Media.

Stæhr, A & L. M. Madsen (2014): Standard language in urban rap: Social media, linguistic practice and ethnographic context . Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies, Tilburg University, Paper 94.