Idioma: Español
Fecha: Subida: 2021-04-14T00:00:00+02:00
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"See you on class man". Closing formulae in ELF students' forums.

Francisco Javier Fernández Polo (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)


The end of a conversation is a critical moment in any interaction (Schegloff & Sacks 1973). Closing formulae serve as a social lubricant to mitigate the effect of possible interpersonal strains generated during the exchange and the effect of departure. Closing rituals in computer-mediated communication (CMC), a characteristic structural component in many CMC genres (Herring 1996), have received some attention in the last couple of decades. The frequency, internal structure and language of closings in various CMC settings has been variously found to be sensitive to the interactants’ gender, status, relative power and social distance, among others (Waldvogel 2007, Bou-Franch 2011), but also to speaker features such as nativeness and culture (Pérez Sabater 2012, Lorenzo-Dus & Bou-Franch 2013, Huang 2018) or to the relative position of the message in the exchange (Spilioti 2011). The aim of this paper is to investigate the nature of closings in academic discussion forums in English as a lingua franca. Our corpus consists of 16 online discussions (885 posts) from a blended English into Spanish translation course in a Spanish university. 106 students are represented, 91 “local” and 15 exchange students, 79 female and 27 male participants. Students work collectively towards an optimal translation of a text: A first translation is uploaded by a volunteer student, followed by feedback from classmates. The analysis focuses on the feedback posts, containing criticism and suggestions for improvement. Almost 60 percent of the messages contain a closing section, with one or a combination of: farewell (regards, bye, see you), thanking, well-wishing (have a nice evening, good luck), phatic expressions (congratulations, hope this helps) and sender’s name, some purportedly borrowed from other non-CMC and CMC genres. Participants show a clear preference for formal closing expressions, with (best/kind) regards (N=304) and thanking (N=118) as favourite forms. While informal formulae are infrequent (see you, N=15; cheers, N=14), authors use paralinguistic features characteristic of CMC (Vandegriff 2013), mostly exclamation marks, to infuse informality and personal warmth. Incidence of emoticons is, however, low (


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Serie: CILC2021: Los corpus y la adquisición y enseñanza del lenguaje / Corpora, LA and teaching (+información)