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The weirding of English, trans-scripting and humour in digital communication

Spilioti, Tereza 2020. The weirding of English, trans-scripting and humour in digital communication. World Englishes 39 (1) , pp. 106-118. 10.1111/weng.12450
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This article examines local appropriations of English‐related forms in digital communication, especially (re)appropriations that play with and modify significantly what we conventionally recognize as English (‘weird English’; Ch'ien, 2005). It investigates a case of trans‐scripting where English‐related forms are respelled with Greek characters in a series of memes and YouTube comments shared among primarily Greek‐speaking Internet users. Drawing on the notions of indexicality and enregisterment, it analyses the global and/or local orientations of such humorous acts of respelling, their indexical values in online participatory formats and their potential to function as register alerts that point to particular voices and ideological positions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0883-2919
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 October 2019
Date of Acceptance: 11 October 2019
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2020 01:41

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