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Conversational Rituals in Computer- Mediated Communication: A Qulaitative Study of Discussion Forums
Halmstad University, School of Humanities (HUM).
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to offer a new perspective on both interpersonal communication andcomputer-mediated communication (CMC), by means of conducting a pragma-linguisticanalysis and comparison of a semi-threaded discussion forum and a fully threaded discussionforum; analysing features such as linguistic markers, dialogic listening, politeness, cooperation,elaborate or laconic greetings, farewell expressions and other conversational rituals. Aqualitative study was conducted, employing two methods of gathering data: (a) participantobservation and (b) document and material analysis. The major question for discussion in thisstudy is whether there are any differences with respect to linguistic and non-linguistic featuresbetween the semi-threaded and fully threaded forums? The study concludes that there aredifferences in linguistic and non-linguistic features between semi-threaded and fully threadedforums, but these differences are minimal and can more likely be attributed to the forum subjectmatter and social context than to the forum structure itself.

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2014. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
computer-mediated communication (CMC), conversational rituals, linguistic markers, non-linguistic markers, semi-threaded forum, fully threaded forum, pragma-linguistic analysis
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Humanities General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-25588OAI: diva2:724465
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Available from: 2014-06-26 Created: 2014-06-11 Last updated: 2014-06-26Bibliographically approved

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