LINGUIST List 31.1559

Sat May 09 2020

Qs: Laughter as a DM in Computer-Mediated Communication Survey

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 16-Apr-2020
From: Emily Finley <>
Subject: Laughter as a DM in Computer-Mediated Communication Survey
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Hello! My name is Emily Finley and I am a second year Master’s student at the University of Texas at Arlington. I am doing an Institutional Review Board-approved study at UTA that is looking at how laughter is used in text messages. The goal of this study is to better understand how we communicate through text messages and how it may mirror spoken conversation. I am collecting data for this project in the form of screenshots of text conversations containing a use of laughter. If you would like to contribute your own data to this study, please go to the survey link below!

Some things to know before getting started with the survey:

1) This survey asks you to first provide demographic information and then provide screenshots of text conversations. I would suggest finding your screenshots first to make the actual survey process shorter!
- Screenshots need to include some form of laughter (lol, lmao, other acronyms, GIFs, emoticons/emojis, iMessage/Messenger/etc. reactions, etc.)
- Include as much context to the conversation as you feel is necessary to understand why laughter is present

2) The survey host site will eventually autocomplete your response, regardless of whether or not it is complete. I would suggest getting your response completed within a week or less, in order to avoid forgetting to finish your response.

3) Any questions about the survey can be emailed to me at

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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