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Herring active with online journal Language@Internet

Susan Herring

SLIS professor Susan Herring's article "A Faceted Classification Scheme for Computer-Mediated Discourse" has been published in the online journal Language@Internet. Herring and John Paolillo (SLIS and Informatics faculty member) are also members of the editorial board.

"Language@Internet is part of a large-scale project, initiated by the Ministry for Science and Research in North Rhine-Westphalia and implemented by the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum NRW 'Centre of University Libraries' in Cologne... This initiative encourages the foundation and expansion of scientific e-journals." [About this project]

The goal of this online journal is to "focus research on the pivotal role of language under the new medial conditions of use and interacting with the various societal domains." Herring's article examines "classification of CMC [computer-mediated discourse] for research purposes."

This article describes a classification scheme for computer-mediated discourse that classifies samples in terms of clusters of features, or "facets". The goal of the scheme is to synthesize and articulate aspects of technical and social context that influence discourse usage in CMC environments. The classification scheme is motivated, presented in detail with support from existing literature, and illustrated through a comparison of two types of weblog (blog) data. In concluding, the advantages and limitations of the scheme are weighed.
Herring, S. C. (2007). A faceted classification scheme for computer-mediated discourse. Language@Internet, article 761.

Posted January 23, 2007