الخطاب والتواصل
Volume 1, Numéro 1, Pages 91-99

Virtual Linguistic Landscape: A Fertile Space For Women’s Emancipation

Authors : Tandjaoui M'hammed . Abdelhay Bakhta .

Abstract

Women have traditionally been deprived from not only the mere right of freedom of expression, but also from the natural right to “exist” in a culturally male-dominated space that considers women personæ non gratæ. Today, women are given the chance to “exist” and express themselves on virtual spaces thanks to Internet without being physically present. The goal of this paper is to reveal the extent to which the Algerian virtual scenery may reflect women’s presence and semiotic attitudes as emancipatory acts. Hence, women’s public and visible productions on an Algerian Facebook page have been observed and analyzed. Unsurprisingly, the results demonstrate the significant extent to which women have appropriated the virtual space as they are rejected in the physical one. Furthermore, women seem strong-willed to exploit virtual spaces to change and better their situation in real-life.

Keywords

Linguistic Attitudes; Virtual Interaction ; Women’s Empowerment.