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Instant Messaging (IM) is becoming a mainstay for online one-to-one communication. Although IM is popularly described as a written version of informal speech, little empirical investigation of the linguistic nature of IM exists. Moreover, although gender issues are being addressed for one-to-many forms of computer-mediated communication, we have no(More)
In October of 1976, the newly-organized Semiotic Society of America convened its first conference. The attendees – literature professors, anthropologists, popular culture specialists, French teachers, art historians, linguists, philosophers – each seemed to have a personal reason for coming. Some were fans of Charles Sanders Peirce (an early figure in(More)
In developing a new area of knowledge, one of the most difficult problems is working out a framework in terms of which to define the area. The emerging subject of “computer literacy” is a case in point. What should colleges and universities teach about computers? And to whom? Rather than beginning with such “computer literacy” issues(More)
While roughly half of the world's population has access to mobile phones, people in different cultural contexts sometimes use – or view – their phones in divergent ways. A growing variety of country-specific studies have emerged over the past decade, though the number of cross-cultural studies has been smaller, especially with respect to identical survey(More)