[Air-l] Research Request
dschules at mailbox.syr.edu
Mon Jun 16 14:25:50 PDT 2003
Givent the interdisciplinary nature of this association, I was hoping that a
few of you out there could offer some suggestions for background research.
Specifically, I'm completing my master's thesis at Syracuse University in
Linguistics, and my focus is synchronous communication--essentially IRC and
MUDs. I'm examining how credibility and authority are constructed in these
sessions, paying particular attention to the "formality" of the code used, the
types and frequency of "emoticons", and the presence (or absence) of emoting.
The theoretical framework I'm employing is a slight revision of Searle's
formulation of Speech Act Theory, how the various forces of an utterance
manifest in this domain.
Problem is, not much literature abounds on this subject. I've found some
research on asynchronous communication, and slightly less on synchronous ones.
So, what I'd like to know is if there is anything that ties SAT and Internet
communication together. Barring that, anything related to credibility or
emoticon use would be helpful (So far, the research I've been working with (1)
considers gender in the construction of credibility and group dynamics and (2)
discusses the role of the body in punishment).
If you have any suggestions or ideas, please email me at
dschules at syr.edu
I appreciate your help!
--Behavior on the Internet sometimes convinces me that Hobbes' state of nature
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