What’s interesting about textual conversation in chatrooms is that many aspects of communication are not given or fixed. Like there are neither mimics nor gestures and the setting is fixed: a chatroom. Yet this is real language. Another point that makes it suitable for analysis is that there is no observation problem: The fact that every conversation is recorded is true anyway, so it has no impact on the conversation (well it probably makes the whole thing special).
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- 2005-10-23 / 14:35