Chat room piss
The IVC session that generated this data took place by means of a popular software program, freely available for download via the Internet.
Like most IVC platforms, the domain is organized thematically at the top level, and within each theme, it is organized by chat rooms that follow that theme.
Of the most relevance to the current study is one paper by Rintel, Mulholland, and Pittam (2001) on IRC openings.
Examining openings immediately following a new members Channel Entry Phase (their term for chat room entry), the researchers found that successful entry into IRC is highly dependent on strategic turn coordination by new and existing members, which, in contrast, has high potential for breaking down chat room communication if entry goes awry.
With the rapid development of computer technology and the Internet over the past decade, language researchers have begun to study the area of computer-mediated communication (CMC).
The earliest studies in this area looked at the language of e-mail, focusing on the structural and textual features of e-mail messages in first language (L1) settings (see Crystal, 2001, for a review) and in second language (L2) settings (Warschauer, 1995; Hartford & Bardovi-Harlig, 1996; Inglis, 1998; Gaines, 1999).
This study highlights the social nature of IRC, which allows for a social-analytic perspective of IRC data.
Due to the logistical difficulties of obtaining consent from each chat room participant, it was decided instead to obtain permission from the chat room owner, that is, the person who established and maintains the chat room.
Permission was granted on the condition that the chat room and its participants remain anonymous; therefore, there will be no further discussion of the IVC platform, the chat room per se, or identities or descriptions of the participants.
Although there is a growing body of research of various linguistic features of synchronous CMC, there is currently very little, if any, research into the most newly developed type of synchronous CMC: that of Internet video chat (IVC).
This study hopes to contribute to this fledgling area of CMC research by examining openings in IVC.