The gendered interaction of chat : a sociolinguistic study of Internet Relay Chat

Peddle, Jessica (2001) The gendered interaction of chat : a sociolinguistic study of Internet Relay Chat. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Computer-mediated communication (CMC) has been of great interest in recent years due to the unique testing ground it offers to language and gender researchers. This thesis examines the broader issues of CMC on the narrower scale of chat within a sociolinguistic perspective, paying particular attention to gender. Previously observed gender issues found in real life (RL) interactions are reviewed as well as those found in other forms of CMC (e.g., listservs) to determine if they are found in chat, and to what degree. The focus of this investigation is one channel in particular, one that is typical of the social meeting places that abound in Internet Relay Chat (IRC). The examined variables are participation, emoticons, emotext, and actions. In addition to traditional gender theories, newer approaches to the study of gender and language, such as the notion of gender as performance and the concept of the community of practice, are also applied to the findings obtained from the chat medium.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1511
Item ID: 1511
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 124-135
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Linguistics
Date: 2001
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Online chat groups; Internet Relay Chat; Conversation--Social aspects

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