Chapter published in:Corpus Approaches to Social Media
Edited by Sofia Rüdiger and Daria Dayter
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 98] 2020
► pp. 89–110
Patterns of intra-individual variation in a Swiss WhatsApp corpus
Analysing real-time change and long-term accommodation
Analysing written data from a large WhatsApp corpus, which was collected in Switzerland in 2014, this study examines how individuals may change their linguistic behaviour over time and how such changes are connected to the language use of the interlocutor. Therefore, this is one of the very first studies analysing intra-individual real-time change and long-term accommodation processes in written digital data. Focussing on WhatsApp chats that are primarily written in Swiss German, evidence for the possibility of rapid changes within the language use of individuals on several linguistic levels is presented: dialectal variation, phoneme-grapheme correspondence, punctuation, lexis, and use of emojis/emoticons. Furthermore, based on multiple examples from the corpus, several different types of long-term accommodation processes in two-person chats are distinguished.
Keywords: accommodation, intra-individual variation, real-time change, WhatsApp, written Swiss German
Published online: 04 November 2020
Brook, Marisa, Jankowski, Bridget L., Konnelly, Lex & Tagliamonte, Sali A.
Buchstaller, Isabelle, Krause, Anne, Auer, Anja & Otte, Stefanie
Dragojevic, Marko, Gasiorek, Jessica & Giles, Howard
2020 Individuelle Verschriftungsmuster in schweizerdeutschen WhatsApp-Chats. Stilistische Variation und Akkommodation als Einflussfaktoren auf die Graphemwahl. In Register des Graphischen. Variation, Interaktion und Reflexion in der digitalen Schriftlichkeit, Jannis Androutsopoulos & Florian Busch (eds), 93–131. Berlin: De Gruyter.
In preparation. Individuelle sprachliche Variation in WhatsApp-Chats. Stil, Akkommodation und Real-Time-Change. PhD dissertation, Universität Leipzig.
Hotzenköcherle, Rudolf & Baumgartner, Heinrich
König, Katharina & Hector, Tim Moritz
2011 Whatchanade? Rapid language change in a private email sibling code. LanguageInternet 8: Article 6. https://www.languageatinternet.org/articles/2011/Rowe (11 April 2020).
Thurlow, Crispin & Poff, Michele