Language, Social Media and Ideologies

Translingual Englishes, Facebook and Authenticities

  • Sender Dovchin

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Linguistics book series (SBIL)

About this book


This book seeks to contribute to the critical applied linguistics by investigating the dynamic role of English on social media, focusing on EFL university students in East Asia – Mongolia and Japan. Drawing on sets of Facebook data, the book primarily emphasizes that the presence of English on social media should be understood as ‘translingual’ not only due to its multiple recombinations of resources, genres, modes, styles, and repertories but also due to its direct connections with a broader socio-cultural, historical and ideological meanings. Secondly, EFL university students metalinguistically claim multiple ideologies of linguistic authenticities in terms of their usage of ‘translingual Englishes’ on social media as opposed to other colliding language ideologies such as linguistic purity and linguistic dystopia. The question of how they reclaim the notion of linguistic authenticity, however, profoundly differs, depending on their own often-diverse criteria, identities, beliefs, and ideas. This shows that mixing and mingling at its very core, the existence of ‘translingual Englishes’ on social media provides us with a significant view to accommodate the multiple co-existence and multiple origins of authenticity in the increasingly interconnected world. The book concludes the possibility of applying the ideas of ‘translingual Englishes’ on social media in critical EFL classroom settings, in their careful re-assessment of the complexity of contemporary linguistic experiences and beliefs of their EFL learners.


Language and social media Sociolingusitic & translingualism Producers and consumers of translingualism Translingualism and global spread of authenticity Online & offline ethnography Inverted translingualism Sociolinguistic authenticity Idiomatic and onomatopoeic English Ghost and shortened English Sociolinguistic Ideologies Linguistic Dystopia English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

Authors and affiliations

  • Sender Dovchin
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-26138-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-26139-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-0009
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-0017
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