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Brenda Danet and Susan C. Herring

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304794.001.0001

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“It’s All Greeklish to Me!”

“It’s All Greeklish to Me!”

Linguistic and Sociocultural Perspectives on Roman-Alphabeted Greek in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Communication

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The Multilingual Internet
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Theodora Tseliga

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304794.003.0005

This chapter investigates the use of Roman-alphabeted Greek in CMC, a phenomenon known as “Greeklish.” Quantitative analyses of a group of discourse features were conducted on a small corpus of Greek and Greeklish postings to online discussion lists. The results show that Greeklish messages are generally more conducive than those written in Greek script to the activation of discourse strategies such as simplification, informality, and deviance. Via face-to-face interviews, a qualitative investigation was conducted of users’ perceptions and value judgments regarding this phenomenon. Users were found to hold well-developed views on the expected contexts for using Greeklish, reasons for its use, and its peculiarities and aesthetics, expressing interesting opinions about its linguistic nature and the symbolic sociocultural load it carries.

Keywords:   asynchronous CMC, Greeklish, digraphia, discussion lists, Greek script, Roman alphabet, romanization, writing systems

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