WGAF : swearing, social structure and solidarity in an online community

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dc.contributor.advisor MacKay, Carolyn J. (Carolyn Joyce), 1954-
dc.contributor.author Hammons, James W.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-05T13:05:37Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-05T13:05:37Z
dc.date.created 2012-05-05
dc.date.issued 2012-05-05
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/196004
dc.description.abstract Swearing has been shown to be one linguistic strategy deployed to affirm or enforce in-group solidarity within face-to-face communities of practice or subcultures. This study examines in detail the uses and functions of swearing in an online community, a rock music and popular culture oriented discussion board. Using a sample of 4,558 discussion board posts from 142 discussion threads, along with social network analysis (SNA) techniques to analyze the structure of cliques within the online community, three main hypotheses were tested: 1. Swearing occurs more frequently among members of the same clique. 2. Recognized leaders of the community will swear at a significantly different rate than others. 3. Male participants swear at a higher rate than female participants. It was found that clique membership – the indicator of solidarity used in this study – had no significant relationship to the frequency of swearing. The relationship between leadership status and swearing is tentatively supported, however, and a male-female difference in swearing is strongly supported. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.subject.lcsh Swearing.
dc.subject.lcsh Online social networks.
dc.subject.lcsh Communities.
dc.subject.lcsh Rock music -- Electronic discussion groups.
dc.title WGAF : swearing, social structure and solidarity in an online community en_US
dc.type Research paper (M.A.), 3 hrs.
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1673873


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