This is a past event. Its details are archived for historical purposes.
The contact information may no longer be valid.
Please visit our current events listings to look for similar events by title, location, or venue.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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.