Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Any leads are appreciated!
Also, SocioCMC is going to Vancouver (or at least several of us are)! Hooray!
speaking of, i'm in the middle of writing a 30-50 page exposition on the pragmatic and syntactic functions of lol, which is about as playful as my research gets.
no leads on the experimental research, though :(
Lea, M. & Spears, R. (1992) Paralanguage and social perception in computer-mediated communication. Journal of Organizational Computing, 2, 321-341.
Now, bear in mind when you read this that these guys are social psychologists, not linguists, so their emphasis is on the perception part, not so much the language part. But I would be extremely curious to see what results a similar study, done in 2007 (as compared to ca. 1992) would come up with. If you can't find this I have a hard copy of the article I could copy for you.
Another later study that they did is less clearly related to what I think you want, but they did do coding for some paralinguistic features. Postmes, T., Spears, R., & Lea, M. (2000). The formation of group norms in computer-mediated communication. Human Communication Research, 26, 341-371.