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Thursday, October 10 • 4:50pm - 5:15pm
Zsombok: Sharp/click words: Regional variation of prescribed variants on Twitter in France and Quebec

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Sharp/click words: Regional variation of prescribed variants on Twitter in France and Quebec

The cultural and linguistic practices on Twitter has interested scholars since its launch. English became a dominant language on Twitter, which resulted in intensive lexical borrowings of computer terminology in French. Language planning bodies in France and Quebec demonstrate strong intentions to control the lexicon and intervene whenever they deem necessary. Nonetheless, the successful uptake of state-promoted intervention depends greatly on the region. This research investigates the use of Twitter’s emblematic word, hashtag, and its officially recommended variants: mot-dièse (‘sharp word’, prescribed in 2013 in France) and mot-clic (‘click word’, prescribed in 2011 in Quebec) in a corpus of tweets from January 2010 to December 2016, measuring variation between the English and the prescribed variant respective to their region. Statistical analyses were implemented on a sample set, including variables of sex (male or female users), social media influence score, and urban areas from where the tweet was posted.

Speakers
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Gyula Zsombok

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Thursday October 10, 2019 4:50pm - 5:15pm PDT
EMU Cedar & Spruce
  T: Computational sociolinguistics
  • Session type Talk
  • Chair: Jack Grieve