An IGI Global interview with Prof. Rotimi Taiwo

A Closer Look at the Evolution of Human Communication with Prof. Rotimi Taiwo

By Abdoul Amadou on Aug 10, 2018
Prof. Taiwo Language is one of the primary attributes that distinguish human beings from other living beings. The possibility to communicate with other individuals can unmistakably be credited for many global achievements. The evolution of the internet, however, has changed the way people communicate and interact with each other. While most consequences of such change are positive, for instance high speed and low cost, many of the ramifications of internet communication still need to be studied. IGI Global contributor Professor Rotimi Taiwo from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, and co-editor of the publication, Analyzing Language and Humor in Online Communication, is one of the lead researchers who are looking into this research area. He recently shared his expertise and future research directions with IGI Global.

What inspired you to pursue research activities in your research area?

I was primarily inspired by the emerging new media culture and behavior in my country, Nigeria. As a linguist and discourse analyst, I was attracted by the research possibilities. I had my first publication in this research area in an IGI Global handbook, and seeing what colleagues are doing all over the world in computer-mediated discourse analysis (CMDA), I got more inspired to pursue this area of research in order to showcase the emerging culture in my part of the world.

Why are your respective areas of research important to the field at large?

I am interested in language as a social behavior and I see a lot of novel and peculiar linguistic behavior online, which I could study as a discourse or pragmatic analyst. Language is the primary tool for online communication and researching its discursive nature can reveal more about human social behavior online.

In your opinion, what are some of the benefits of your research to its community of users?

Being one of the leading linguists in Africa in the area of CMDA, my publications have served as reference points for a number of scholars in Africa. Many of my colleagues and graduate students have shown sufficient interest in CMDA and this has greatly boosted research in online discourse analysis both in my country and in Africa as a continent.

What are the future directions of your research areas?

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CMDA is an evolving area of research, so there are lots of potential for exploration of discursive issues that surround language use online. The future really lies in collaborative research, due to the technical nature of internet discourse. I see a future direction of stronger collaborative research efforts by behavioral scientists, information scientists, and computing experts for a better revelation the true nature of online communication.

What are some other evolving research trends you have observed in your industry/field over the past several months and what would you say are some of the innovative research directions you foresee in the future? How do you feel your publication sets the pace for these innovations?

The multimodal and interactive nature of online discourse is becoming more sharply focused in research. Susan Herring, a foremost linguist and information scientist, describe these new platforms in digital communication as Interactive Multimodal Platforms (IMP). This has led to more collaborative research efforts by electronics, computing, and language experts. I have edited books published by IGI Global that reflect these collaborative efforts, and I am engaged in more collaborative research that will further address these innovations.

What has your experience been like publishing with IGI Global?

My publishing with IGI Global has improved my research profile. To date, I have collaborated with IGI Global to publish nine publications. I have enjoyed the benefits of the thorough editorial process and the expertise of the IGI Global personnel that I have had to deal with during the publication processes.
IGI Global is grateful for the opportunity to work with Prof. Taiwo and we look forward to more collaborations in the future that will result in the publication of invaluable content like his co-edited book, Analyzing Language and Humor in Online Communication. We would like to thank Prof. Taiwo for helping IGI Global cultivate and disseminate emerging concepts and theories in Linguistics and Human Behavior.
For more information please be sure to check out Prof. Taiwo's book, along with the following related publications, and recommend them to your library.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the views of IGI Global.
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