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Around twenty years ago, with the digitisation of almost every facet of life, most businesses started including their own review system, so that their products could be rated and reviewed. This was the first wave of online reviews, called online consumer reviews (OCRs). The emergence of the smartphone and the proliferation of social media in the 2010s, however, resulted in a new ecosystem in which peers could share their assets, review other peers and be reviewed. This is the second wave of online reviews, or the emergence of online peer reviews (OPRs). This book explores the three differentiating discursive practices found in BlaBlaCar in Spanish and in English (emotive, relational and metacommunicative) as representative of this new wave. It demonstrates that OPRs have characteristics of their own, and proposes a new definition that captures the latest developments in online reviews in the context of peer collaboration.
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Face has become a key-concept in current socio-pragmatics. By virtue of its metaphorical force, it enables researchers to explain universal processes of human communication mostly reflected in language use. Yet being an English construct, in intercultural comparison, face provokes critical debates putting in doubt namely its relation to im/politeness-theories. The 8 articles in this volume tie on these issues putting face under linguistic scrutiny: With different approaches and methods, some re-consider the notion of face comparing labels and expressions in lingua-cultures other than English; others explore the verbal enactment of face in selected speech acts, conversational moves and interactional settings.
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This edited volume is a collection of studies guided by theoretical and practical interdisciplinary approaches to family and school involvement in multilingual education and heritage language development featuring contributors with expertise in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, language policy and education. The authors of this volume discuss multilingualism and multiculturalism in various geographical areas, settings, and levels of education, from a theoretical and practical point of view. They present a wide variety of theoretical perspectives, teachers, and students’ views as well as other stakeholders such as policy makers, authorities and parents on family and school involvement in multilingual education and heritage language development.
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Global Portuguese results from conferences convened at the University of London School of Advanced Study to highlight legacies of Portuguese empire in postcolonial societies. Its chapters trace Portuguese legacies from the early modern to contemporary period through language, literature, linguistics, and cuisine. There are sections devoted to sociolinguistic and anthropological method, and studies on Thailand, Sri Lanka, Goa, Macau, Brazil, and Angola.

Contributors are: Matthias Rõhrig Assunção, Dorothée Boulanger, Silvia Figueiredo Brandão, David Brookshaw, Paul Melo e Castro, Augusto Soares da Silva, Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya, Stefan Halikowski Smith, Annabel Jackson, Ivana Stolze Lima, Selina Patel Nascimento, Malyn Newitt, Gerhard Seibert, Andrzej Stuart-Thompson, Raan-Hann Tan, and Silvia Rodrigues Vieira.
This book provides a comprehensive, informative overview of the history, contemporary state, and future direction of Korean dialectological research. It covers the pre-modern attestation of awareness about linguistic variation on the Korean Peninsula, traditional dialectology in 20th century Korea, and cutting-edge analyses enabled by 21st century computer technology and informed by contemporary sociolinguistics. As well as incorporating topics and approaches that widen the discipline, the book includes new, never-before-published cartographic visualisations of early Korean dialect data and findings. This book is essential reading if you intend to engage with the study of variation in the Korean language.
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Scholarship surrounding the standard varieties of Ancient Greek (Attic, the Koine, and Atticistic Greek) focused from its beginnings until relatively recently on determining fixed uniformities or differences between them. This collection of essays advocates for understanding them as interconnected and continuously evolving and suggests viewing them as living organisms shaped by their speakers and texts. The authors propose approaches that integrate linguistics, sociolinguistics, and literary studies to explore how speakers navigate linguistic norms and social dynamics, leading to innovations and reshaping of standards. Each contribution challenges the dichotomy between standards and deviations, suggesting that studying linguistic diversity through socio-literary interconnectedness can enrich our understanding of language history and cultural wealth.