Remixing the Written Language: The Sociolinguistics of Multi-Ethnic Youth Language Online
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.
translanguaging (Garcia and Li 2009)
performativity and performance (Butler 1990)
communities of practice (Meyerhoff 2013)
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] nottingham.ac.uk