Departmental Bulletin Paper Netspeak in an IRC Chatroom


66 ( 1 )  , pp.177 - 186 , 20150930
This study examines the role of a variety of keyboard communication techniques utilized by participants in an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) room. Samples of interactions taken from a segment of the chat room’s log files highlight these techniques, collectively referred to as Netspeak, and shed light on a unique language which serves a variety of purposes aimed at more practical and effective interactions between participants communicating through this type of computer mediated communication (CMC). To explore the role of Netspeak in IRC, the study analyses the roles of abbreviations, paralanguage, emoticons and emoting use, and explains the intentions behind their use. The techniques suggest a facilitating role in real time, online communication between participants.

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