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*-repair in Online Discourse

Collister, Lauren Brittany (2010) *-repair in Online Discourse. Journal of Pragmatics, 43 (3). pp. 918-921. ISSN 0378-2166

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    Abstract

    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.


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    Collister, Lauren Brittanylbc8@pitt.edulbc8@pitt.edu0000-0001-5767-8486
    Title: *-repair in Online Discourse
    Status: Published
    Abstract:

    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.

    Date: 27 September 2010
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Pragmatics
    Volume: 43
    Number: 3
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Page Range: pp. 918-921
    DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.pragma.2010.09.025
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0378-2166
    Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
    Article Type: Research Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: conversation analysis, digital games, discourse analysis
    Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 14:51
    Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 12:36

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