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Title:IM conversations in Spanish: Written or oral discourse?
Author(s):Pangtay-Chang, Yolanda
Subject(s):modality, computer-mediated communication, Spanish
Abstract:The structure of instant messages is considered hybrid; it exhibits the properties of written discourse and those of oral discourse (Voida, Newstetter & Mynatt 2002). Therefore, since the messages that constitute a conversation on Instant Messenger (IM) are typed, should we say those messages are deciphered with the aid of written or oral strategies? This research paper presents evidence that, for IM Spanish conversations on MSN, oral strategies are used. Two-hundred and seventy-three MSN IM conversations were analyzed through pragmatic and conversational approaches. The corpus was obtained from 25 Spanish speakers. It was observed that the use of oral strategies was chosen due to, among other characteristics, the design of the Windows client in which the MSN program is supported and the interaction between the participants.
Issue Date:2009
Citation Info:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2009: 141-156
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-01-15

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