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SEAP Gatty Lecture Series

Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

"The Language of Informal Media: Form and Function in Indonesian and other Southeast Asian Languages"

Thomas Conners, Associate Research Scientist, Less Commonly Taught Languages, University of Maryland

Over 500 million tweets and 21 billion SMS messages are sent daily around the world, and Indonesians are among the earliest and most eager adopters of new social media technologies.  This talk looks at how users in Indonesia and neighboring countries have adapted language norms to these new forms of communication; how language use varies across different platforms with private, public, and in-group audiences; and the dominant role of local varieties of Indonesian and local languages in these new media that challenge the Orde Baru priority given to the national language.  Some attention will be given to highlight register specific linguistic practices that speak to the notion that certain genres or platforms are more or less speech-like.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Southeast Asia Program


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Thomas Conners

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Associate Research Scientist, Less Commonly Taught Languages, University of Maryland

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