CMC research - digital humanities - Facebook (Prof. Miriam Locher)

 

Relational work in Facebook

This project analyses language use in the profile pages and Status Updates of 74 Facebook users from Switzerland and 58 from Great Britain. The aim of the study is to explore how users create identities through language, i.e., what ‘acts of positioning’ (Davies and Harré 1990) they engage in, and how this practice is linked to relational work. We base our work on a post-modernist understanding of identity, which sees identity as fluid, dynamic, and as constructed by individuals in interaction (Bucholtz and Hall 2005) through linguistic, para- and extralinguistic means. We maintain that when individuals use language in interaction they are performing acts of positioning, since they are underlining the existence of a particular self which can be observed by others at a specific moment in time (Davies and Harré 1990). Within such a public space, where acts of positioning are performed in front of witnesses, the positioning of self and other becomes even more interesting, since by claiming 'I am a friend of x', for example, I am also positioning ‘x as a friend of mine’.   

Presentations

Bolander, Brook, and Locher, Miriam A. 2009. Constructing identity on Facebook. Paper presented at SAUTE, Fribourg.

Bolander, Brook, and Locher, Miriam A. 2010. Language, identity and 'acts of positioning' in Facebook: Preliminary results of a pilot study. Paper presented at Fifth International Symposium on Politeness, Basel.

Bolander, Brook, and Locher, Miriam A. 2011. “(Name) is a dumb nut”: Status updates and reactions to them as 'acts of positioning' in Facebook. Paper presented at Georgetown Round Table 2011: "Discourse 2.0 Language and New Media", Washington, D.C.

Locher, Miriam A. 2009. Facebook and relational work: A report on a pilot study. In Sociolinguistic Festival, Lecture Series. Wellington, NZ.

Locher, Miriam A., and Bolander, Brook. 2009. Beziehungsarbeit (‚relational work‘) im Internet. Vorläufige Resultate einer Pilotstudie zu ‘Acts of Positioning in Facebook’. In Colloquium. University of Augsburg.

Locher, Miriam A., and Bolander, Brook. 2011. Facebook status updates in two focus groups. Paper presented at Blockseminar „Sprache & Medialität“, 7./8. Februar 2011, Zürich.

Locher, Miriam A., and Bolander, Brook. 2011. Language and acts of positioning in Facebook. Paper presented at Sprache als soziale und kulturelle Praxis. Neue Ergebnisse aus der Linguistik. Basel.

Locher, Miriam A., and Bolander, Brook. 2011. Linguistic identity construction in two focus groups of Facebookers. Paper presented at Research Colloquium, York St John University, York.

Locher, Miriam A., and Bolander, Brook. 2011. Facebook status updates: Linguistic identity construction and acts of positioning. Paper presented in seminar  From Pamphlet to Blogs, Universität Heidelberg, Germany.

Locher, Miriam A., and Bolander, Brook. 2012. Relational work and the display of multilingualism in two Facebook groups. Paper presented in the Linguistics Colloquium of the University of Vicoria, BC, Canada.

Locher, Miriam A., and Bolander, Brook. 2013. Relational work and the display of multilingualism on Facebook. Paper presented at the Face Work and Social Media conference, Hildesheim, Germany.

 

 

 

Publications

Bolander, Brook, and Locher, Miriam A. 2010. Constructing identity on Facebook: Report on a pilot study. In Constructing the Self, eds. Karen Junod and Didier Maillat, 165-185. Tübingen: Narr Francke.

Bolander, Brook, and Locher, Miriam A. 2015. “Peter is a dumb nut”: Status updates and reactions to them as 'acts of positioning' in Facebook.  [PDF (192 KB)]Pragmatics 25.1, 99-122.

Locher, Miriam A. 2014. Electronic Discourse. In: Klaus Peter Schneider and Anne Barron (eds.). The Pragmatics of Discourse. Berlin: Mouton, 555-581.

Locher, Miriam A., and Bolander, Brook. 2014. Relational work and the display of multilingualism in two Facebook groups. In: Kristina Bedijs, Gudrun Held and Christiane Maaß  (eds.). Face Work and Social Media. Münster: Lit-Verlag, 157-191.

Locher, Miriam A., and Bolander, Brook. 2015. Humor in microblogging: Exploiting linguistic humor strategies for identity construction in two Facebook focus groups. In: Marta Dynel and Jan Chovanec (eds.), Participation in Public and Social Media Interactions. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 135-155.

 

 

 

Special issues on computer-mediated communication

Locher, Miriam A. (ed). 2010. Special issue on "Politeness and impoliteness in computer-mediated communication". Journal of Politeness Research 6: 1-150.

Locher, Miriam A., Bolander, Brook, and Höhn, Nicole (eds.). 2015. Special issue: Relational Work in Facebook and Discussion Boards/Fora. Pragmatics 25.1: 1-122.

CMC research methodology

Bolander, Brook and Miriam A. Locher. 2014.Doing sociolinguistic research on computer-mediated data: A review of four methodological issues. Discourse, Context and Media 3, 14-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2013.10.004i

See also, RCMCL summer school 2012 below.

Internet health communication

Publications

Harvey, Kevin, Miriam A. Locher and Louise Mullany. 2013. “Can i be at risk of getting AIDS?” A linguistic analysis of two Internet advice columns on sexual health. Linguistik Online 59.2, 111-1132.

Limberg, Holger, and Locher, Miriam A. eds. 2012. Advice in Discourse. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (chapters on CMC practices)

Locher, Miriam A. 2006. Advice Online. Advice-giving in an American Internet Health Column. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Locher, Miriam A. 2010. Health Internet sites: A linguistic perspective on health advice columns. Social Semiotics 20, 43-59.

Locher, Miriam A. 2013. Internet advice. In The Handbook of the Pragmatics of Computer-mediated Communication, eds. Susan Herring, Dieter Stein and Tuija Virtanen. Berlin: Mouton, 339-362.

Locher, Miriam A., and Hoffmann, Sebastian. 2006. The emergence of the identity of a fictional expert advice-giver in an American Internet advice column. Text and Talk 26, 67–104.

SNF project: Language and Health Online

Please go to our website for information.

 

 

CMC Overview work

Bolander, Brook, & Locher, Miriam A. (in press for 2017). Consensual and conflictual disagreement. In Christian R. Hoffmann & Wolfram Bublitz (Eds.), Pragmatics of Social Media (pp. t.b.a.). Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Locher, Miriam A. 2014. Electronic Discourse. In: Klaus Peter Schneider and Anne Barron (eds.). The Pragmatics of Discourse. Berlin: Mouton, 557-581.

Locher, Miriam A., & Mondada, Lorenza (2014). Linguistics and the New Media. dichtung-digital 44: n.p. Available at: www.dichtung-digital.de/english-linguistics-and-the-new-media/

Locher, Miriam A. (2015). Language and communication in computer-mediated contexts: A rich and challenging research field. Anglistik. Special issue: Focus on Twenty-First Century Literature, 26(2), 67-80.

Locher, Miriam A., & Bolander, Brook. (in press for 2017). Facework and identity. In Christian R. Hoffmann & Wolfram Bublitz (Eds.), Pragmatics of Social Media (pp. t.b.a.). Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

 

Teaching

Language and Health, Internet Health Sites, Basel AT10, AT11, AT15, ST16

English on the Web: Computer Mediated Communication (lecture and seminar), Neuchâtel ST08, Basel AT08, ST15

English online: Second Life, ST11

PhD Summer school on Research on Computer-mediated Communication in Linguistics (RCMCL), Ascona 17-23 June, 2012

 

 

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