For the love of dog: the use of English in Finnish and German dog blogs

Leppänen, Sirpa and Erling, Elizabeth (2008). For the love of dog: the use of English in Finnish and German dog blogs. In: The 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, 25-29 Aug 2008, Essen.

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Abstract

We illustrate the social and transnational nature of blogging with the example of dog blogs written in English by Finns and Germans. The use of English functions to display a dog (lover) identity and life style which is both local and global. It establishes an interactive and multi -modal space within which dog lovers can exchange their experiences in a discourse which is geared to their particular needs. Moreover, it gives further evidence of the ubiquity of English as a global language.

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