Textual Conversation

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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