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Language Study. The aim of this study is to investigate the ways in which online communication reflects real speech.

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´╗┐Joyce Chan 10 Bronte English Controlled Assessment: Spoken Language Study Explore some of the similarities and differences between spoken communication and web-based communication The aim of this study is to investigate the ways in which online communication reflects real speech. Web-based communication has developed many new features which replicate and make up for spoken language, at the same time, it has also led to the creation of many new features which have become well-established in online communication. From using my own data, collected from a text conversation I had with my friend, I shall be exploring these features. Firstly, I will be looking at the online spoken language feature of initialisation and rebuses. Initialisation is the use of the single, first letter of a word to represent the whole word e.g ?lol? standing for laugh out loud as well as ?wtf? which stands for what for f*** also using the feature of taboo (inappropriate language). ...read more.

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These features are innovative creations which have developed as a result of us playing with the sounds and spellings of words. His argument is based on the idea that these features are linguistic phenomenons which are a part of the forever changing English language. Next, I will be looking at the replication of non-verbal features used in online communication including the use of capital letters and simulated laughter. Both these features play a part in compensating for prosodics which are non-verbal signals that contribute to the meaning of what is being said. In spoken language, prosodics include the use of yawns, grunts and giggling which cannot be presented in online communication but the use of simulated laughter (?hahahahahaha? and ?kekekekeke?), for example, acts as onomatopoeia to replicate the sound of laughing therefore making it possible for the reader to know how the writer feels. Furthermore, capital letters are used to recreate the idea of shouting and an angry tone which add effect to how the writer wishes to express himself. ...read more.

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Nevertheless, not everyone agrees with the use of emoticons or their significance in web-based communication. John Humphreys, journalist for the Daily Mail, wrote in his article about texting, that emoticons were ?absurd little faces with which texters litter their messages?. The writer expresses his belief that emoticons are a part of an effectively different language in which it is used too excessively and is becoming a terrible habit of youths. He strongly criticises them and clearly does not understand why they are used, branding them simply stupid. In the article he also expresses the concern that they will become dominant feature in our language and that ?Our written language may end up as a series of ridiculous emoticons and everchanging abbreviations.? In conclusion, I have realised that web-based communication does have features which replicate the paralinguistics and prosodics used in spoken language. These features include emoticons, simulated laughter and capitals which are different to real speech but manage to create comparable affects. On the other hand, there are also features which are specific to online communication such as initialisation and rebuses which are used to aid the tone of the conversation. WORDS: 1016 ...read more.

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