Multilingualism, Multimodality and Identity Construction on French-Based Amazigh (Berber) Websites
2013, Vol. XVIII-2, pp. 135-151
This article investigates the vital processes of identity construction (i.e. interactive semiotic processes) on multilingual French-based Amazigh websites. It examines how the Internet as an instrument of globalisation allows people to perform the functions afforded by linguistic resources trans-locally and, accordingly, how it repositions these functions in the interactive (substantive and cognitive) space. The article also discusses the particular relationship between linguistic diversity, language representations and ethnic identity on minority websites through the analysis of the interactants’ online discourse (edited and user texts).