Ben Rampton

Commentary: ‘Agents’ or ‘participation’. Sociolinguistic frameworks for the study of media engagement

New media are increasingly influential in schools, and this is often unconnected to the curriculum.100 But how does this actually affect the texture of everyday life? This is a question addressed by the two chapters in this section, by Vally Lytra and Alexandra Georgakopoulou.

Their answers are partly shaped by differences in focus and scope. Lytra builds a macro-sociolinguistic sketch of complementary schools and Turkish speakers in the UK, and shows popular cultural media engagement (PCME) impacting on the reproduction of traditional ethnic culture, an issue that Georgakopoulou only mentions in passing. Georgakopoulou, on the ...

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