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ERIC Number: ED460631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Keskustelua Verkossa Sahkopostikeskustelu Rekisterina (Language Usage, Conversation, and Electronic Mail).
Luuka, Minna-Riitta
An analysis is presented of an electronic mail conversation that took place in a Finnish scholarly electronic mailing list. The data is analyzed within the framework of systemic-functional oriented discourse and the theory of register, which attempts to explain the ways language use varies according to the type of situation. The electronic media provides a new context for language use and conversation. The participants need not to be present at the same time in order to communicate, which relates e-mail communication to traditional letter writing. On the other hand, the fastness of transmission and reply relates it more to spoken interaction. Nevertheless, the textual nature of e-mail restricts the possibilities of conveying non-verbal and social cues that are typical for face-to-face interaction. These along with many other contextual features construct a special kind of conversation dealing with teaching and learning in higher educational contexts. The tenor of discourse was equal, cooperative, factual, and non-personal and the participant roles were negotiated during the conversation. The mode of discourse was more written than spoken-like but, on the other hand, the means of creating coherence resembled spoken interaction. (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: Finnish
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Identifiers - Location: Finland