Multilingualism and the social media when used in the diaspora: practices of code selection/switching by Facebook users of Iranian descent in Belgium

01 December 2014 → 30 November 2019
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Linguistics
language and diaspora social media internet Iran code-selection/switching conversational architecture multilingualism Contemporary English Dutch Oriental languages Quantitative Surveys Language and text analysis Field research Asia Belgium Linguistics Media Communication Interculturalism
Project description

The project investigates aspects of multilingualism on Facebook, in particular code selection/code switching by language users of Iranian descent in a Belgium. The focus is three-fold: (i) the distributional salience of the various languages used, (ii) their functional role in the interactional architecture of social media, (iii) the
connections with the construction of a diasporic space characterized by fragmented/dislocated identities.