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Name: Louis Cotgrove

PhD: German

Thesis Title: 

Remixing the Written Language: The Sociolinguistics of Multi-Ethnic Youth Language Online


Thesis Description:

My thesis investigates the linguistic features that characterise the language(s) written by young German-speakers in online environments. To do so, I have created the NottDeuYTSch corpus, a collection of 3.1m YouTube comments written under videos published by popular German-language YouTube channels between 2008 and 2018.

Specifically, the thesis examines how both individual and group identities are performed and regulated by young German-speakers and how these identities are represented and interacted with by the language choices of the speakers.



  • sociolinguistics
  • German
  • identity
  • multilingualism
  • community languages
  • language mixing
  • translanguaging (Garcia and Li 2009)
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • computer-mediated communication
  • performativity and performance (Butler 1990)
  • conversation analysis
  • YouTube
  • metalinguistic commentary
  • communities of practice (Meyerhoff 2013)
  • quantitative analysis


Supervisors and Institution(s):

Prof. Nicola McLelland (UoN)

Dr. Olivia Walsh (UoN)



  • Cotgrove, LA. 2018. ‘The Importance of Linguistic Markers of Identity and Authenticity in German Gangsta Rap’, Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society, 2: 67–98



University email address: louis.cotgrove [at]

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