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LANGUAGE AND TECHNOLOGY GLOSSARY
Acronymy This is a phrase of words that have been
abbreviated to just the starting of the word BUT
they are pronounced as one whole word, `lol'
(laugh out loud).
Asynchronous discourse There are delays between turns, e.g. message
bcc/ccc Carbon copy/blind carbon copy, these are
elements of an email message. A carbon copy is
sent to another participant and the other person
who is receiving the mail can see it, there is also a
blind carbon copy, this is sent to another
participant and the other participant who is
receiving the mail cannot see the mail.
Deictic referencing This has been used in radios and television
commentaries, it refers to something that the
audience might be able to see or not, `here/there'.
Flamers Posting aggressive thoughts or responses to
Framing This is often used in emails, it is where you cut and
paste parts of an original message into a new
Greeting sequence It is used to initiate a shared social space, this may
not occur between unequal participants, some do
not want/need this shared social space and may go
straight to the agenda of the conversation.
Homophonic representation This is the use of both a letter and a number joined
together to create a word, `m8' (mate).
How are you sequence This is used as phatic talk to engage the other
participant so that they are not talking to them for
one reason. This may not occur between unequal
encounters, a boss and their colleague may not ask
each other how they are, however, this is very
reliant on the relationship between participants.
Identification/recognition This is used so both participants know each other.
This may not be necessary for newer technology,
challenge this with caller ids, Skype etc.
Initialism This is a phrase of words that have been
abbreviated to just the starting of the word, `lmk'
(let me know).
Key term Definition
Lexical accommodation This is the way in which speakers mirror each
other's lexical choices as a sign of community
E.g. Amy-haha, that's hilarious
Clive-I know, I thought that x
Lurkers A user who reads a message board as a member or
a guest and rarely posts.
Metatalk This draws attention to the act of talking, `well it
has been great talking to you but...'
Phatic speech acts These are turns designed to maintain a sense of
cooperation or respect for the other participant.
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Phonetic spelling These are words that are spelt like they are
pronounced, `iluvu' (I love you).
Pre-closing sequence This signals that one (or both) speakers wish to
end the conversation.
Prosodic features These are used instead of paralinguistic
techniques (hand movements etc. to add more
meaning to words), they are used to provide
emphasis or other effects. E.g. `hmmm/haha!!!!'
Schegloff He introduced the opening sequence of a
telephone conversation: summons/answer,
identification, greeting sequence and how are you