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Key Terms
Key Term Definition
Affixes An addition to the stem of a word to
create a new word
Asynchronous Discourse in which there are delays
between what each participant says
Broadcast Onetomany communication
Compound Two words that merge together to
make one
Dyadic Onetoone speech
Ephemeral Leaving no trace
Flaming The act of posting aggressive threads
or responses to threads
Framing Cutting and pasting original
information into a new message
Initialism The process of abbreviating that uses
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Phatic Speech Acts Turns designed to maintain a sense of
cooperation or respect to the other
Preclosing Sequence Signals that one or both speakers
wish to end the conversation
Phonetic Spelling Spelling that represents the sound of
the word as opposed to its
conventional spelling
Lexical Class Where the word can be any number of
parts of a conversation
Synchronous Discourse that takes place in real time
Text Speak Lexis and grammar used by those
sending a text on a mobile phone
Thread A…read more

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(strengthening the shared space)
Technology (Pros & Constraints)
Social Networking
Advantages Disadvantages
Can upload photos Identity can be held secret ­
unknown people (paedophiles)
Easy form to stay in touch/can Cyberbullying
communicate with people far away
Can meet new people People can find out information
about you (fraud)
Can find out information about Security issues
other people
Entertaining, can play games Disconnection
It's free to sign up/use Addictive
Quick to subscribe/use Unsocialable ­ contributing to
peoples declining social skills
Parents can…read more

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Contains: headers, date, from, subject, to, and other optional elements.
Can attach pictures/text/sound clips. Advantages include: it can be sent
onetomany (or appear dyadic (onetoone) but is actually sent to
others secretly using "CC:", it can be redrafted before sending, spell
check can be carried out, it is extremely quick. Disadvantages include:
spam, junk, viruses, once the email is sent you 1) cannot know what the
other person will do with it (broadcast it, print it, resend it) 2) cannot
"unsend" it.…read more


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