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M.A. Theses in Linguistics
at the University of North Dakota
Finney, Kelli 2013
Many voices, many selves: An analysis of education blog discourses
At this point, the majority of computer mediated communication (CMC) studies
have employed a variation analysis approach, quantitatively describing language on the
Internet and comparing CMC to speech and writing. While these studies have provided
valuable information about CMC, they have also left many gaps, especially related to
social and ideological issues such as language use.
This study responds to the need for more qualitative studies of language on the
Internet by examining one form of CMC: education blogs. The study analyzes a
selection of posts from five blogs published between March 21, 2012 and March 28,
2013. These five blogs were chosen from an initial list of 307 blogs that was compiled
from both education blog reference lists and snowball sampling from blogrolls.
Ideological discourse features of the blogs, specifically James Paul Gee’s concepts of
situated meaning, intertextuality, social languages, and Big “D” Discourses, are the
focus of the study.
Following this analysis, several recent social media tools are discussed, focusing on
the implications these technologies have for literacy practices. Questions exploring how
Discourse use might be impacted by these new types of social media are also
introduced, as are numerous possibilities for future research.
Download thesis from http://arts-sciences.und.edu/summer-institute-of-linguistics/theses/_files/docs/2013-finney-kelli.pdf