The Functions of Negotiation of Meaning in Text-Based CMC

The Functions of Negotiation of Meaning in Text-Based CMC

Sedat Akayoglu (Middle East Technical University, Turkey) and Arif Altun (Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-652-5.ch105
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Abstract

This chapter aims at describing the patterns of negotiation of meaning functions in text-based synchronous computer-mediated communication by using computer-mediated discourse analysis. Two research questions were sought in this study: (a) what types of negotiation of meaning emerge in text-based synchronous CMC environments, and (b) is there any difference between native speakers (NSs) and nonnative speakers (NNSs) of English in terms of negotiations of meaning functions in this environment. The emerged functions of meaning negotiation were presented, and when comparing the NS with NNSs, the most frequently used negotiation of meaning functions were found to be different, but the least frequently used ones were found to be similar. The findings of this study might give insights to researchers, educators, and teachers of English Language when designing instruction in terms of patterns of negotiation of meaning functions in text-based synchronous computer-mediated communication.

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