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Pigg, Stacey; Grabill, Jeffrey T.; Brunk-Chavez, Beth; Moore, Jessie L.; Rosinski, Paula; Curran, Paul G. – Written Communication, 2014
This article shares results from a multi-institutional study of the role of writing in college students' lives. Using case studies built from a larger population survey along with interviews, diaries, and a daily SMS texting protocol, we found that students report SMS texting, lecture notes, and emails to be the most frequent writing…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Writing (Composition), College Students, Surveys
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Lee, Carmen K.-M. – Written Communication, 2007
This study examines the factors influencing language and script choice in instant messaging (IM), a form of real-time computer-mediated communication, in a multilingual setting. Grounded in the New Literacy Studies, the study understands IM as a social practice involving texts, encompassing a range of literacy practices, within which a subset…
Descriptors: Written Language, Multilingualism, Familiarity, Ecological Factors
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Bremner, Stephen – Written Communication, 2006
This article, using data from a year-long study of writing processes in an institutional context, looks at the demands made on writers in workplace environments as they make requests of their colleagues. Building on Brown and Levinson's politeness theory, the study takes a view of context as being a key factor in framing requests, in addition…
Descriptors: Electronic Mail, Writing Difficulties, Writing Processes, Authors