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Dissertation Information

Title: Linguistic peculiarities of communication in Internet Add Dissertation
Author: Elena Gheorghita Update Dissertation
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Institution: State University of Moldova, Doctorate Study
Completed in: 2006
Linguistic Subfield(s): Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics;
Director(s): Dumitru Melenciuc
Anatol Ciobanu

Abstract: The thesis is composed of preliminaries, three chapters, closing remarks and recommendations, a bibliography, four appendixes, and summaries in Romanian, Russian and English.

In the Preliminaries an introduction is made into the research that has been carried out. It enumerates the objectives of the study, methods and approaches applied, formulates the hypothesis and gives other details of the investigation in question.

Chapter I: 'Communication as means of human existence' is a description of some of the linguistic peculiarities of computerised discourse. It supplies theoretical arguments in favour of the need to modify the traditional opposition oral discourse / written discourse as a result of reinterpretation of definitions of oral and written discourse from the point of view of communicative approach to language. We suggest the following trichotomy: oral discourse / written discourse / computerised discourse.

Chapter II: 'Conversational analysis and its application in terms of chat rooms' examines the concept of conversation in correlation with dialog and discussion. A more detailed research of conversation from the standpoint of linguistics, psychology, sociology and philosophy has only started in the last decades of the 20th century. The chapter in question provides a description of the peculiarities of communicative context, communicative strategies of the chat room conversations, as well as some details related to the system and ritual constraints and their impact on human communication.

Chapter III: 'The study of the computer-mediated conversation 'grammar' is a functional and pragmatic research of the integrated chatroom conversation model 158 units. Peculiarities of turn-taking, as well as those of interruptions and pauses have been examined here.

The thesis also contains four appendixes: in Appendix 1 there are samples of chatroom conversations; in Appendix 2 we have included a list of the most frequent abbreviations used in chat, with their description and translation into Romanian; Appendix 3 is a glossary of main terms that have been used in our thesis, Appendix 4 is a list of abbreviations used in the dissertation.

To make it more convenient for the reader, the bibliography has been divided into two parts: traditional and online sources. Mention must be made that some of the online resources may no longer be technically available when one reads the thesis.