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Patterns of electronic mail discourse in two Malaysian organisations

Habil, Hadina (2003) Patterns of electronic mail discourse in two Malaysian organisations. PhD thesis, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang Selangor, Modern Languages and Communication.

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Abstract

This study investigates the patterns of email discourse in workplace communication. Email exchanges are analysed in order to explicate how members of an organisation interact through email to meet the specific communicative needs of the organisation. It is the assumption of this study that email discourse represents social action of members in the organisation and it is part of a social practice. The linguistic data for the study consists of email iexts and the study emulates the language in context model. The three parameters of the field, mode and tenor that constitute register, are investigated to provide insight on what the participants are engaged in, the people involve in the interaction and on the role the language plays. The data is analysed in two parts: text-based features and text in context. The text-based features is finther divided into two: the micro and macro analyses. The macro analysis involves looking at the surface and content structure of email messages. This analysis provides information on the generic structure of email. The micm analysis involves eliciting empirical evidence from the corpus by using concordancing tools. A textual analysis is also carried out to draw the textual features and lexical choices and expressions used by writers in the emails. The text in context constitutes the interpretation and explanation of the reason why and the explanation of how certain linguistic features are adopted in some situation, when communicating with certain people to achieve certain communicative purposes. Examples of email messages are discussed and the various strategies are explained based on the linguistic data, and the social context in which the emails are written. Reference to the specific organisational culture and practices are formulated. The evidence shows that in the context of workplace communication, the available linguistic resources are used creatively and purposively via email in meeting the specific communicative purposes of members of organisations. The social, political and cultural aspects of the interaction influence the way emails are written and email writers are consciously aware of the available resources.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy) - Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2003; Supervisor : Assoc. Prof. Shameem Rafik Khan
Uncontrolled Keywords:Electronic mail systems, workplace communication, communication and technology
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions:Management and Human Resource Development (Formerly known)
ID Code:6437
Deposited By: Ms Zalinda Shuratman
Deposited On:17 Sep 2008 08:00
Last Modified:03 Sep 2012 05:41

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