Multilingual and Multimodal Repertoires as part of Identity Management on Facebook: A Case of International Students

  • Osman Solmaz Dicle University, Turkey
Keywords: Facebook, identity, international students, social media

Abstract

The present study examines the multilingual and multimodal repertoires of international graduate students on Facebook, displaying how semiotic and linguistic resources are employed to index multiple aspects of their identity in social media. Drawing on data from semistructured interviews and social media data of participants, this paper reveals that multilingual students frequently engage in linguistic and multimodal practices by mobilizing a great diversity of semiotic resources in their networks. The findings highlight that international students effectively use their repertoires to deal with a multitude of audiences and build identification performances signaling local and global affiliations. In this respect, the study contributes to the current thinking and investigation of identity management in social media through a mixed-methods approach including social network analysis.

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Author Biography

Osman Solmaz, Dicle University, Turkey

OSMAN SOLMAZ, PhD, works at the Department of Foreign Languages at Ziya Gokalp Faculty of Education, Dicle University in Turkey. Solmaz, a Fulbright alumnus, holds his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the interdisciplinary Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) program at the University of Arizona in the USA. His research interests include international students, computer-assisted language learning and teaching, digital literacies, and teacher education. 

Published
2018-10-01
How to Cite
Solmaz, O. (2018). Multilingual and Multimodal Repertoires as part of Identity Management on Facebook: A Case of International Students. Journal of International Students, 8(4), 1662–1680. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i4.223
Section
Research Articles