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dc.contributor Carter, Diana C.
dc.contributor Sawallis, Thomas F.
dc.contributor Caver, Rachel L.
dc.contributor Mantero, Miguel S.
dc.contributor.advisor Picone, Michael D.
dc.contributor.advisor Davies, Catherine E. Untied Auchettl, Bethany Renée 2017-02-28T22:23:25Z 2017-02-28T22:23:25Z 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000196
dc.identifier.other UntiedAuchettl_alatus_0004M_10094
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The popularity of the Internet as a vehicle for communication has considerably influenced French written language. This has lead to the development of a new kind of written code, French cyberlanguage. Although cyberlanguage is a recent development, it is actually the product of various pre-existent processes. Some of these influences include constraints on time and space, the impact of informal oral language, and the impulse to be creative and playful with language. Thus it is a new phenomenon that creates modern lexicon by using traditional methods. The purpose of this study is to describe the aspects of French cyberlanguage and to analyze the discursive choices made by its users using actual chat transcripts. It explores various aspects of this phenomenon, including the demographic of its users, categorization of cyberlanguage, and the many processes that are utilized in order to create new lexicon and methods of expression. The choices of lexicon and style that are a result of these processes reflects the varied nature of cyberlanguage: because it is coconstructed by its users, cyberlanguage consists of a wide array of variable words and tactics available to Internet users. There is a certain amount of controversy surrounding the use and popularity of cyberlanguage. The arguments for and against its use are given, in addition to a discussion of the future of cyberlanguage. Current research makes it very clear that the phenomenon of French cyberlanguage is not a temporary or passing fad, but is instead an interesting new means of written communication that is actually progressing beyond the isolation of the Internet and into mainstream usage.
dc.format.extent 94 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Language, Linguistics
dc.subject.other Language, Modern
dc.subject.other Education, Philosophy of
dc.title French Cyberlanguage
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Modern Languages and Classics French The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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