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EEO. 2021; 20(1): 3121-3125


A SOCIOLINGUISTICS STUDY: DIGLOSSIA IN PAKISTANI ENGLISH IN SOCIAL MEDIA

Shahab Rehman, Muhammad Jamshaid, Saira Siraj, Waqar Younus, Fawad Zafar.

Abstract
This research article examines various scenario due to which diglossic behaviour is revealed in different social media platforms and its impact on the standard (H) variety of Pakistani English. This linguistic research also explores how the high and low varieties of Pakistani English change in different contexts. The problem regarding both age and gender is also examined for its impact of using alternative variety of Pakistani English in different social settings. Furthermore, this research aims at investigating the impact of Pakistan English diglossia on different social media sites as a reflection of Pakistan English speaking communities among different social contexts. Additionally, this research also examines diglossia in two most popular social media platforms; Facebook, and Twitter. This research article may draw some generalized results about diglossia in Pakistani English speaking communities especially in Pakistan. These two platforms Facebook and Twitter offers different kinds of diglossic attitudes by its users. The research concludes that high (H) variety of Pakistani English is employed by users for issues related to politics, current affairs, education, administration, business, law and religion. As for as low variety(L) is concerned, it is employed by users for fashion news, colloquial purposes like everyday conversation, music, sports related news and gossiping.

Key words: Twitter, Facebook, Diglossia, Social Media, Online, Pakistani English, and Low & High Variety



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