Invited Speakers

A. Seza Doğruöz
Title & Abstract: Inform­a­tion to appear.

Aivars Glaznieks
(Eurac Research, Italy)
Think glob­al, write local – pat­terns of writ­ing dia­lect on SNS
Social Net­work Sides (SNS) claim that they are “on a mis­sion to con­nect the world”. They facil­it­ate com­mu­nic­a­tion among people wherever they are loc­ated. As a con­sequence, users of SNS express aspects of their diverse iden­tit­ies to a broad and het­ero­genic group of friends. One aspect might be a local identity.
Users of SNS can show their local iden­tity lin­guist­ic­ally by the use of a regional vari­ety. The use of dia­lects in writ­ten com­puter­-­me­di­ated com­mu­nic­a­tion (CMC) is one reason (amongst oth­ers) why lan­guage in CMC often dif­fers from the respect­ive stand­ard lan­guage. Since no ortho­graphic rules are usu­ally avail­able for writ­ing the dia­lect, it is up to the users to rep­res­ent their dia­lect in a proper but read­able and com­pre­hens­ible way.
CMC cor­pora allow for a sys­tem­atic ana­lysis of the way dia­lect fea­tures are reflec­ted in writ­ten com­mu­nic­a­tion. In my talk, I will focus on pat­terns of the regional dia­lect(s) in the DiDi Cor­pus, a col­lec­tion of Face­book mes­sages from around 100 South Tyr­olean writers. I will provide examples of regional fea­tures, ana­lyze the dis­tri­bu­tion of such fea­tures, and dis­cuss chal­lenges of identi­fy­ing local writ­ings on SNS.