Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Experimental SocioCMC

Hi all, I am getting ready to design an experiment for a class project (perhaps something bigger, in the future), and I'm just wondering if anyone knows of a body of literature that's experimental in nature related to language and CMC, specifically (para?)linguistic features like punctuation (!?.), eye dialect (hangin'; skillz [ok that maybe doesn't count as eye dialect but you know what I'm saying), or visual representations of verbal cues (soooooooo gooooood). An example of the type of thing I'm looking for would be what Iorio once proposed doing, that's either testing the relationship (or perceived relationship) between written forms and phonetic ones, or the perceptions of speakers based on written linguistic cues.

Any leads are appreciated!

Also, SocioCMC is going to Vancouver (or at least several of us are)! Hooray!

hoo-ray. mazel tov!

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 :(
Hello! There is one study that I know of that does (I think) exactly what you're looking for:
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.
Good luck!
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