Translingual practice & identity performance: A study of Mongolian youth on Facebook

Sara Bartlett Large, University of Texas at El Paso


This study explores the translingual practices and identity performances of five participants on the social networking site, Facebook. The participants in this study are five young adults from Mongolia who participated in the U.S. State Department sponsored English Access Microscholarship program, an intensive English language program for disadvantaged youth in developing countries, from 2009 – 2011. Using a qualitative methodology based on constructivist grounded theory and relying on interviews, questionnaires, and observations of the participants’ Facebook pages, this study considers the participants’ use of translingual practices to build and maintain capital – linguistic, cultural, and social – as they develop cosmopolitan dispositions, practice the capacity to aspire (Appadurai, 2013), and explore what it means to be Mongolian in a globalizing world.

Subject Area

Asian Studies|English as a Second Language|Web Studies|Rhetoric

Recommended Citation

Large, Sara Bartlett, "Translingual practice & identity performance: A study of Mongolian youth on Facebook" (2016). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI10151221.