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Digitalk: Community, Convention, and Self-expression


by Kristen Hawley Turner — 2011

The language adolescents use in digital spaces often does not adhere to standard written English. Rather, teens experiment in their writing, and the result is digitalk, a complex and fascinating combination of written and conversational languages. This study explores the use of digitalk as an expression of individual identity within a community of norms.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 110. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 113 Number 13, 2011, p. 263-282
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18389, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 4:01:20 AM

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  • Kristen Turner
    Fordham University
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    KRISTEN HAWLEY TURNER is an Assistant Professor of Literacy and English Education in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University in New York City. A former high school teacher of English and social studies, she is also a consultant for the National Writing Project and an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English. She devotes her research and writing time to issues of literacy instruction. Her investigation of the language adolescents use when they write digitally is part of her current inquiry into the effects of technology on students’ writing. She has recently published “Digitalk: A New Literacy for a Digital Generation” in Phi Delta Kappan and “Flipping the Switch: Teaching Students to Code-switch from Text Speak to Standard English” in English Journal.
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