What do you think to this spoken language piece of coursework? What grade roughly am I looking at and what improvements can I make? Thanks.
Analysesome short extracts from transcripts of people communicating using digitalmedia. Explore the features that show these written communications are close tospoken language and the attitudes that different people have the effects ofthese new hybrid languages.The beginning of Georgina’s status reveals ‘Holiday time!!!’, which isan interesting post, as some people may only understand the surface detail,that Georgia is excited to be going on holiday – however, some of the audiencemay be able to identify the pragmatics of this status, that Georgina isboasting, an aiming to create a sense of envy from her Facebook friends.Furthermore, this is reinforced through her use of exclamation, as instead ofusing one exclamation mark, she uses three, which is grammatically non-standard.People could interpret that using several exclamation marks is a childishtechnique; however, Georgina used it to express her excitement in the shortestway possible, instead of going into masses of detail. Alternatively, Georginacould be writing this to simply inform people on what she is doing, with nointention to cause jealousy; however, this is unlikely as Georgina’s status isviewable to the public, allowing a wider audience to view the status. Furthermore,the use of emoticons is paired with the over-use of punctuation, which couldimply that she is of an age from when they may have just used punctuation toexpress feeling as she uses three "!". In my research, 60% of users claimed to feel conscious about theirgrammar on social media, and would most likely use one exclamation mark only toexpress their feelings, which in Georgina’s case is her excitement. However, myresearch shows 60% of users who agreed they were conscious about grammar onsocial media, were all from a variety of age groups, ranging from 13-50+, whichshows that grammatical consciousness is not only identified within one agegroup, but instead, affects a wider range.The idea that grammar is exaggerated on social media is reinforcedwithin one of the comments. Joanna ends her comment with ‘xxxx’, which overemphasises her affection, suggesting she is one of the close friends who maynot pragmatically understand that Georgina could be ‘boasting’. These kissesare used on social media to communicate affection, which can be easilyexpressed through spoken language, but not through written communication. Theover-use of exclamation marks is followed by the sound representation of‘woohoo’, which reinforces her purpose, to discreetly boast to other users,which links to spoken language – emotions and feelings can be expressed inspoken language, through facial expressions, gestures and tone of voice.Emoticons are used in Georgina's status as they help to prevent multimodalstatements from being uncertain, and compensate for not having any non-verbalcommunication with the audience, which is the public. These emoticons offer asofter tone, and make the post seem more genuine and less confrontational. The idea that thesound representation ‘woohoo’ is used to expressher excited tone of voice, instead of a paragraph explaining her feelings, is supportedthrough an article online, which emphasises that social-networking sites, suchas Facebook and Twitter, are "thriving on the use of short snippets ofinformation", which further supports another reason why Georgina limitedher excitement to the word ‘woohoo’.Overall, Georgina most likely used this form of spoken language toshorten her status, which is appropriate in her situation, because of thecheck-in at ‘Manchester Airport’. However, some people may agree that herstatus has a negative effect, because the post is accessible by the public, andtherefore could contribute to the spread of poor Standard English. Some peopleview the evolution of language as a positive transformation. For example, DavidCrystal told the BBC News that "the internet is an amazing medium forlanguages", yet agrees that the internet has ‘speeded up the process ofthe change in language’. However, this is seen as a negative change by actressEmma Thompson, who describes this non-standard grammar as ‘sloppy language’. Mixedviews on the evolution of language, suggest that people should perhaps have twolanguages. Moreover chatting online is more like the casual world offace-to-face communication than the formal process of letter writing. Somepeople may agree that the line between speaking and writing is breaking down,and instead is merging into a multimode language.Matt’s status explores a feeling of genuine appreciation towards hisfamily. The status in general presents a kind, loving persona, as he tells thepublic he is feeling ‘really blessed’. Some of the public who have access toMatt’s status, such as his family, would most likely view the status as aconsiderate and loving post – however others may perhaps be more distrustful,and identify the pragmatics; that Matt is simply boasting, and seems to bequite a self-obsessed and arrogant person. Matt uses a smiley-face emoticon tosign off his status, which is also used to express his feelings, and giveemphasis to his satisfied, casual tone. The emoticon could however, suggestthat Matt’s status is more genuine, as in spoken language, a smile could show asincere feeling of contentment. Furthermore, Matt’s genuine appreciation couldbe illustrated further, as he uses Standard English, which conveys a sincere,formal tone – emphasising how ‘blessed’ he feels about his family. Additionally, in the comments, Jon corrects Matt’s typing error of ‘god’to good. This could perhaps be seen as a mocking or derogatory. However, Jonavoids this by using the acronym ‘lol’, which indicates he isn’t necessarilybeing serious about the spelling correction, but instead finds the confusionamusing. The acronym also conveys a casual relationship between the twoparticipants, creating a more informal impression. Matt continues the adjacencypair set up by Jon, by using sound representation 'Bahaha’, which phoneticallyimplies the force of his 'laughter' about his spelling error, and also conveyshe has understood the humour of Jon's correction. 'Lol' and 'Bahaha' imply thepair have shared laughter, which is a common feature in spoken language to showsupport for another participant.In between these comments, Aunt-Em uses an unusual spelling of 'you', asshe instead uses the letter homophone 'u'. She uses a colloquial term when sherefers to Matt's hometown 'Redford' as 'Retto', which could reflect herdialect, helping to express a strong online identity. A Technology Reporter ina recent article agreed that "online you show how brilliant you are bymanipulating the language", which supports the idea that Aunt-Em could beusing this simply to give her a modern identity, and appear to be from ayounger day and age than she really is. Despite Aunt Em’s comment beingdisregarded; we can identify that someone has ‘liked’ her post – possibly Matt– which shows that she has been acknowledged, even though her thread isdiscontinued. Yet again, this could happen in spoken language, throughgestures, facial expressions or non-verbal utterances. Moreover, thisreinforces that multimodal conversations have developed a whole new form ofcommunication, as the abbreviation ‘Redford’ to ‘Retto’ is still understandableby the other participants and therefore could convey that remote conversationscould generally be more personal and intimate than face-to-face conversations,due to the given opportunity of expressing your identity through emoticons,abbreviations, and other techniques. Some people may agree that digitaltechnologies are empowering, and could potentially stop people from havingface-to-face conversations, where people can share physical emotion.Ella’s status explores the context of a bad relationship. However, shedoes not directly address this to the audience, which could be a sly techniqueof Ella’s to gain attention. Gracie shows a pragmatic understanding in thefirst comment, "omg el, have you broken up with ur bf?" explores theunderlying meaning of Ella’s status. Some of Ella’s friends on Facebook may notunderstand the underlying meaning, but instead, just see the status as astatement or general quote. It is ambiguous as to what the phrase truly means,again showing that the speakers know each other well. Pragmatically, Ella couldsimply be seeking sympathy from Facebook friends. In the comments, she states"I am afraid so Gracie, mail me please" which reinforces that Ella iswilling to discuss the context further, but privately, rather than publicly inthe comments. Ella's status is significant because the level of Standard Englishalternates between the participants. For example, Ella uses formal language,and expresses a more formal dialect than the other participants. In Ella'sresponse to Alicia’s 'sarcastic' comment, she uses Standard English, using acapital letter, and signing off with a question mark. Moreover, the commenthighlights that Ella has 'edited' her comment, which could suggest Ella isconscious about her grammar on social media, which is ironic because over 50%of survey participants, who agreed they were conscious about grammar on socialmedia, were all female. However, the majority of male survey participants alldisagreed, which could conclude that female Facebook users are more consciousabout grammar than male Facebook users.Gracie uses 'omg', abbreviating for ‘oh my god’. The blasphemic language"god" shows that the conversation is informal and between friends,and that Gracie and Ella could possibly have an equal status. The term ‘omg’conveys a reaction of shock, and indicates that Gracie is surprised at what shehas read. Furthermore, the sad emoticon used offers a softer tone, perhapsconveying her sympathy towards Ella, and makes her comment seem more genuine,as the context is sensitive and personal. The emoticon makes the comment seemgenuinely sympathising, as a sad reaction in spoken language would immediatelyexpress her feelings. Gracie’s sympathy is further supported in the sign-off ofthe comment, as she uses ‘xx’, which is a written technique of expressingaffection towards another participant, and also is an indicates a sense offriendliness and appreciation. However, some people may not understand theunderlying meaning and therefore may simply dismiss the status whilst scrollingthrough Facebook. Gracie could be simply creating a digital persona for herselfonline. Despite her sympathy being expressed through comments, it isquestionable on whether this impression reflects her personality in reality.Gracie may be seeking attention herself, as the sympathetic comments would leadother Facebook users to acknowledge her kindness and concern upon otherpeople’s problems. Her choice of language has an impact on this, because theabbreviations and affectionate sign off contribute to giving Gracie this ‘cool’and ‘fashionable’ persona. Also, digital communication is able to be thoughtthrough and planned before posting, and is able to be changed through editingbefore an audience reads it. However this is different in spoken language,because verbal speech is usually spontaneous and unplanned, therefore portraysa more realistic impression of the speaker. Speakers also use their voices tocommunicate their message, whereas Gracie has relied on the comment to expressher meaning and sympathy.Alicia's idiolect in this conversation is different from otherparticipants, as she is first introduced into the conversation with a sarcasticimpression, by mocking Ella’s quote. Alicia clearly has a superficialunderstanding of Ella's heartbreak, shown through the lack of sympathy towardsElla, as compared to Gracie, she does not convey any form of compassion, butinstead makes a sarcastic remark. She also uses the colloquialism 'dunno',showing the informal nature of her lexicon, making her comment seem morespoken, as it is formal and shows she is at ease. Also, the utterance"anyway" is a coordinator, as it almost seems that Alicia isconcluding the conversation. The abbreviation 'lol' reinforces her informallexicon, and highlights that the conversation is taking place online, ratherthan verbally. Furthermore, Alicia uses the term 'mardy' reflecting herdialect, as this is a word associating to the region she comes from. Using theword 'mardy' indicates that all participants are from the same area, alsohighlighting the informality of her comment, as she withstands StandardEnglish. This conversation overall could demonstrate how personal situations arebeing taken to social media. Jennine Estes, a therapist, reported that theseproblems are 'a very common topic". In my opinion, Facebook provides aplatform for people who wish to illicit a reaction and glean attention fromtheir friends. I believe Ella simply posted this status, in order to receive sympathy,as she clearly wanted a response. However, some people may agree that whetheror not she is sad, depressed, upset, social media is not the forum to publiciseit.
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- 29-02-2016 17:28
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- 29-02-2016 21:23
graciekilbey if this is your coursework then I'd recommend removing it (I can delete the thread if you'd like) as it could be plagiarised and you would be punished for that too