Social Media and Linguistic Affirmation in Central Africa. : Between Cultural Objectification and Cultural Mutation

Vassili Rivron 1
1 MADYNES - Management of dynamic networks and services
LORIA - NSS - Department of Networks, Systems and Services, Inria Nancy - Grand Est
Abstract : The success of social media among Africans and African diasporas have led to the creation of " Facebook groups " identified as ethnic groups. These networks can gather, among the five groups included in this study, up to 8,000 participants each.These spaces of community exchanges allow interesting observations on the preservation of linguistic diversity in the era of digital globalization, and on the mutations of ethnicity. On one hand, we are witnessing the " spontaneous " encoding of languages that were not usually written, contributing to their current writing use, to the transmission of this competence and literary heritage, to its unification and homogenization. On the other hand, these new linguistic registers cause profound changes in the status of these languages and in the organization of the associated cultural groups: the creation of a public space (which partially excludes other national languages) where diaspora members play a central role; the weaving of supra-national links with former parent groups in neighboring countries (reinvestment of neglected ethnonyms, rewriting of genealogies, reaffirmation of unifying origin myths);the projects of physical meetings, publishing policies, cultural festivals, supra-national political parties…
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Vassili Rivron. Social Media and Linguistic Affirmation in Central Africa. : Between Cultural Objectification and Cultural Mutation. Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Cyberspace, UNESCO / IFAP, Jun 2014, Yakutsk, Russia. ⟨hal-01245420⟩

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