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& she was like "O_O": Animation of reported speech on Twitter
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies. (Kulturvetenskapliga forskargruppen)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0680-4275
2014 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 13, no 3, 83-111 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study relates discourse-pragmatic aspects of the use of the quotatives say, be like, be all, and go to the question of the supposed or actual spoken-likeness of written computer-mediated communication (CMC). 1,800 tokens of reported speech, collected from Twitter, were analyzed in a “constructed dialogue” framework (Tannen, 2007). The results show that users of Twitter employ various CMC devices to animate and modally enrich reported speech, especially in speech reports with be like, be all, and go. They perform a style of communication that is reminiscent of conversational speech, even while having qualities that seem to belong uniquely to CMC.

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2014. Vol. 13, no 3, 83-111 p.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34890OAI: diva2:778990
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2016-05-20Bibliographically approved

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