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 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 SiebenhaarORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):Language@internet
Place of publication:Düsseldorf
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2008
Year of first Publication:2008
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/05/04
GND Keyword:Schweizerdeutsch; Chatten <Kommunikation>
Issue:Artikel-ID: 4
Page Number:14
Source:urn:nbn:de:0009-7-16156 ; (in:) Language@Internet 5, article 4
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
4 Sprache / 43 Deutsch, germanische Sprachen allgemein / 430 Germanische Sprachen; Deutsch
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
Germanistik / GindokWeimar
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Dialektologie/Sprachgeografie / Dialectology/Linguistic geography
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht