Online Communication in a Second Language examines the use of social computer mediated communication (CMC) with speakers of Japanese via longitudinal case studies of up to four years. Through the analysis of over 2000 blogs, emails, videos, messages, games, and websites, in addition to interviews with learners and their online contacts, the book explores language use and acquisition via contextual resources, repair, and peer feedback. The book provides insight into relationships online, and the influence of perceived 'ownership' of online spaces by specific cultural or linguistic groups. It t only increases our understanding of online interaction in a second language, but CMC in general. Based on empirical evidence, the study challenges traditional categorisations of CMC mediums, and provides important insights relating to turn-taking, code-switching, and language management online.
Sarah E. Pasfield-Neofitou is a lecturer in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, where she teaches Japanese, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, and is the eEducation Coordinator. Her research interests include online communication, sociolinguistics, and elearning. Sarah has worked on projects involving language attitudes online, virtual worlds, online dictionaries, social networking, and the use of technology in teaching. Her previous publications include articles in Babel, CALL-EJ Online and Language Learning & Technology, among others, and she has authored several book chapters. Www.sarahpasfieldneofitou.com