Language and identity on Facebook

Brook Bolander

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As a site catering explicitly to the maintenance and construction of personal relationships, social networking site (SNS) Facebook provides its users with a wide range of spaces and means through which they can construct and perform their identity. Despite technological advancements, including a notable and progressive shift to increased multimodality, language remains central to these
practices. It constitutes a key way through which one can “type oneself into being” (Sundén 2003, p. 3). This chapter provides an overview of sociolinguistic research on language and identity on Facebook. In addition to delineating the rise of SNSs and research on identity in SNSs, it reviews major contributions to the study of language and identity on Facebook, outlines work in progress, addresses
major research challenges and difficulties, and provides an outlook to future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage, Education and Technology
EditorsSteven L. Thorne, Stephen May
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319022376
ISBN (Print)9783319022369, 9783319022383
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEncyclopedia of Language and Education


  • Social network sites
  • Facebook
  • Identity
  • Online-offline relationship
  • Web 2.0

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