Conversation Analysis on an Online Blog

Sofie Jensen Majed & Camilla Nygaard Christensen

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This paper wishes to examine whether Conversation Analysis is applicable to an online forum, i.e. a blog post. This paper is done as a case study on the blog: How I Became Anti-Vaccine.
In order to answer this, we first defined some key terms in Conversation Analysis and whether it has been applied to other online forums before. We discovered that it had been used by Will Gibson and have based our methods on his article.
From there, we compared the terms from the original Conversation Analysis and tried to apply the terms to the online blog post. We decided to combine this with Gibson’s approach and hereby test what elements we could use from both the original and his reformed approach.
This was done to check whether some problems would arise from applying a method, which is usually applied to real-time conversation, and if it would work when applied to online conversation. We discovered, that not all terms were applicable, but some main terms, such as: adjacency pairs, turn-taking and context were all applicable, however terms as ‘behaviourist’ and ‘repair’ simply didn’t fit this new conversational platform. That led us to the conclusion, that yes Conversation Analysis is, in many cases, applicable to a blog post, however you have to reconsider its general form in order for it to fit this newer kind of conversational platform.

UddannelserEngelsk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato25 maj 2018
Antal sider39
VejledereKimberly Renée Chopin