If the walls could talk: a sociolinguistic inquiry.

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dc.contributor.author Young, Taylor Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-20T15:25:09Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-20T15:25:09Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-07-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3416
dc.description.abstract Social networking sites are the contemporary agora: where individuals share their lives, understand the world, exchange cultural artefacts and tend to relationships. Yet, these sites are paradoxically lauded for their ability to connect lives and disparaged for the effect they have on the quality of language and relationships. Covered extensively across disciplines, including inquiries into identity and gender politics, social networking sites remain under investigated in linguistics. Here, the interplay of identity, gender, and language in a group of adolescent girls on Facebook is explored in the sociolinguistic tradition. This research demonstrates how a discourse analytic framework can determine some aspect of identity from an individual’s online interactions, including gender as constrained by historical and cultural discourses. A collaborative methodology navigates the difficulties of collecting data online, the complexities of gender and identity, as well as provides a commentary on the need for reform in ethical protocol for online research. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject sociolinguistics en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject discourse analysis en_US
dc.subject computer-mediated communication en_US
dc.subject social networking sites en_US
dc.subject Facebook en_US
dc.subject girls en_US
dc.title If the walls could talk: a sociolinguistic inquiry. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor D'Arcy, Alexandra F.
dc.degree.department Dept. of Linguistics en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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