IJLLL 2017 Vol.3(2): 53-57 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2017.3.2.110

Chinese or English? Writing Practices of Users from Mainland China on Instagram

Li Danling
Abstract—Studies on language use of non-native English speakers (NNES) are gaining momentum within the realm of computer-mediated communication (CMC). The present study, hence, addresses the NNES community in Mainland China through exploring their multilingual writing practices on the photo/video sharing mobile application, Instagram. Based on an approach of understanding literacies as a social practice, qualitative data are collected through exploratory observation of linguistic resources in the sites of 100 Instagramers and online interviews with 20 Mainland Chinese users. Findings demonstrate how Mainland Chinese users negotiate their language choices (Chinese/English) on Instagram and also indicate that linguistic practices are situated in a sociocultural context and could be influenced by a number of factors including users’ situated linguistic ecology, audience awareness and the content of the post.

Index Terms—Instagram, language choice, code-switching, multilingual literacy practices.

Li Danling is with the English Department, 3/F Fung King Hey Bldg, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (e-mail: lidanling@link.cuhk.edu.hk).

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Cite:Li Danling, "Chinese or English? Writing Practices of Users from Mainland China on Instagram," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 53-57, 2017.

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