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Title: 'For she who knows who she is': Managing accountability in online forum messages
Author: Antaki, Charles
Ardèvol Piera, Elisenda
Núñez Mosteo, Francesc
Vayreda Duran, Agnès
Others: Loughborough University
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: forums
conversation analysis
computer-mediated communication
Issue Date: Nov-2005
Publisher: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Citation: Antaki, C., Ardèvol, E., Núñez Mosteo, F. & Vayreda Duran, A. (2005). For she who knows who she is: Managing accountability in online forum messages. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 11(1), 114-132. doi: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2006.tb00306.x
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Abstract: The recent application of Conversation Analysis (CA) to online forum communication has been successful in explicating the sequential ties among messages. In this article, we build on those foundations and show how CA's illumination of the structural resources of interaction can provide an analysis of accountable action in an online forum setting. We report a case study to illustrate how a user, in carrying off a 'declaration of love,' attends to her accountability in posting such a message. We analyse the message's placement as an initiating first turn; its prefatory work as an announcement; its selection of next speaker; and its internal design as a turn-at-interaction. We show how these features are oriented to in the first message sent in response. The article concludes with a brief discussion of the usefulness of CA in illuminating users' orientation to the accountable norms of online behavior.
Language: English
ISSN: 1083-6101MIAR
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