Quantitative approaches to linguistic variation in IRC : implications for qualitative research

Qualitative analysis of code choice, code switching, and language style in Internet Relay Chat (IRC) can shed light on functional-pragmatic aspects of the use of different linguistic varieties. However, in a qualitative 
Qualitative analysis of code choice, code switching, and language style in Internet Relay Chat (IRC) can shed light on functional-pragmatic aspects of the use of different linguistic varieties. However, in a qualitative analysis, the status of varieties within a channel or for a single chatter can only be guessed at. Moreover, qualitative research on linguistic variation in IRC often fails to generalize its findings due to a restricted database or a restricted view of a database. This article introduces an approach that allows for embedding of qualitative research within a quantitative research design. The quantitative method presented here enables general statements to be made about the use of varieties or the usage of certain chatters in a chat channel. The approach is exemplified with data from Swiss IRC channels, in which Swiss German dialects and standard German are used side by side. A large corpus is analyzed for static and dynamic aspects of dialect share. It is argued that this quantitative approach can provide a background for qualitative analysis and facilitate the selection process of relevant data required for qualitative analysis.
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Author:Beat Siebenhaar
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-1151118
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2010/05/04
Year of first Publication:2008
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2010/05/04
SWD-Keyword:Chatten <Kommunikation>; Schweizerdeutsch
Source:urn:nbn:de:0009-7-16156 ; (in:) Language@Internet 5, article 4
HeBIS PPN:225406276
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache
430 Germanische Sprachen; Deutsch
Sammlungen:GiNDok
Linguistik
Linguistic-Classification:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Dialektologie/Sprachgeografie / Dialectology/Linguistic geography
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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