International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Language and Identity in Social Net Working Sites
Dr. Basmah Issa Tlelan Al-Saleem

This study examines one of the most significant Web tools, Social Networking Sites (SNS), and focuses on Facebook, an example of an online community specifically aimed at encouraging communication between young people and how social media is affecting the identities and language of young people in Jordan. The particular aspects to explore in this study are: the online written languages, Facebook’s new concepts, and Facebook’s impact on language and identity. Two interesting findings have emerged from this study: first, that English is the dominant language used online among a particular group of undergraduate students of Internet users in Jordan , and secondly, that a previously little used written form of Romanized Jordanian Arabic is also widely used in informal communication by this group. However; the participants in this study made quite clear that their use of English does not signify an embrace of Western culture or an abandonment of Jordanian identity. In the light of these findings, it is worthwhile to conduct more research in order to consider whether the online use of English and Jordanian Arabic might reflect broader and more enduring social and linguistic shifts.

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