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lol thats how reddit talks;) : le site américain Reddit comme espace de variation de l’anglais : étude de corpus intersectionnelle et quantitative d’usages non standard, au prisme du genre, de l’âge et de l’ethnicité

Abstract : This thesis studies the relationships between non-standard online writing practices and gender on the American community website Reddit. It is based on a corpus of nearly 20 million tokens which contains the comments written in English by 1,044 internet users, including 300 transgender and non-binary people. Using an intersectional sociolinguistic approach, it examines the interaction of gender with age and ethnicity. Eleven non-standard variables were investigated: six additive processes (emoticons, emojis, letter lengthenings, punctuation lengthenings, all caps and interjections) and five reduction processes (abbreviations, phonetic spellings, g-droppings, apostrophe omissions and lower case spellings of the pronoun “I”). In addition to these linguistic analyses, the thesis explores how Internet users construct their virtual identities and occupy the Reddit space, by focusing on the most visible markers of Redditors' activity in the community: pseudonyms, interests, “karma”, longevity of the accounts and forum moderation. The analyses, which are mainly based on the multiple regression method, provide a nuanced account of the way Redditors use non-standard language to index their gender identity. They show, in particular, that transgender women and men rarely align with cisgender women and men. They also suggest that Hispanic and African-American women play a major role in the spread of non-standard spelling and typography.
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Marie Flesch. lol thats how reddit talks;) : le site américain Reddit comme espace de variation de l’anglais : étude de corpus intersectionnelle et quantitative d’usages non standard, au prisme du genre, de l’âge et de l’ethnicité. Linguistique. Université de Lorraine, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020LORR0192⟩. ⟨tel-03129082⟩

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