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*-repair in Online Discourse

Collister, LB (2011) *-repair in Online Discourse. Journal of Pragmatics, 43 (3). 918 - 921. ISSN 0378-2166

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In this article, I present evidence of a repair morpheme in the variety of Online Written English (OWE) used by a community of World of Warcraft players. This morpheme, represented by the asterisk (*), has no counterpart in spoken English but yet follows discernible rules for use and deployment within the community. While *-repair follows many principles of repair used in spoken English, it has developed natively in an online environment using an extra-alphabetical character which is unique to the online community. The existence of *-repair is one example of how OWE has differentiated itself from spoken varieties of English, and creates questions about the influence of the internet on language forms. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Collister, LBlbcollister@pitt.eduLBC80000-0001-5767-8486
Date: 1 February 2011
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Pragmatics
Volume: 43
Number: 3
Page Range: 918 - 921
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.pragma.2010.09.025
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0378-2166
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 19:51
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2019 05:55


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