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Date: 05-Jan-2011
From: Tracy LeBlanc <tfont11lsu.edu>
Subject: 1337 \/\/4YZ 0F $p34K1NG: Toward a Unifying Pragmatic Theory of Virtual Speech Community Building
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Institution: Louisiana State University
Program: Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Tracy R LeBlanc

Dissertation Title: 1337 \/\/4YZ 0F $p34K1NG: Toward a Unifying Pragmatic Theory of Virtual Speech Community Building

Dissertation URL: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-11152010-220929/

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Dissertation Director:
Mary Jill Brody

Dissertation Abstract:

Building a speech community requires building a shared history of
communicative interaction. Within a virtual medium, speech community
members employ accommodations for the lack of shared physical space that
face-to-face interactions provide. These accommodations, amassing
through extended discourse, bring to light the communicative strategies
that virtual interlocutors employ in order to build community. Drawing from
a corpus of unscripted, naturally occurring discourse of a particular
virtual speech community, I engage three frames of linguistic analysis in
order to recognize the communicative strategies that constitute speech
community building. Relevance Theory (Sperber and Wilson 1995) accounts for
the individual cognitive work involved in asserting membership in a speech
community. (Im)politeness Theory (Culpeper 1996) accounts for the
negotiation of membership in a speech community via impolite interactions.
Stance Theory (Du Bois 2007) accounts for the intersubjectivity of said
negotiation, where members situate themselves within the community through
their discourse.

Each of the three models serve to highlight particular aspects of speech
community building but fall short of accounting for the intricate endeavors
of entering, maintaining membership in, and negotiating place in a speech
community that exists with other speech communities within a larger
culture. I propose the ethnopragmatic method, or EPM, which emphasizes the
importance of each level of the discourse world (the EP world) - the
individual, interlocutors, speech communities, and the larger culture. Each
level of the EP world contains histories of interaction, which ultimately
inform discourse meaning. While the EPM is too cumbersome for utility as a
discourse analytic model, it nonetheless serves to showcase the
multi-faceted and interdependent phenomena involved in communicative
interaction.



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