Degree of Formality: Analyses of Linguistic Deviations in a Facebook Status and Comments Section

Aisyah Khaleeda, Rosli and Noor Raha, Mohd Radzuan (2022) Degree of Formality: Analyses of Linguistic Deviations in a Facebook Status and Comments Section. In: Spearheading Excellence in Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Management Research. Penerbit UMP, Kuantan, Pahang, pp. 1-6. ISBN 978-967-2831-36-5

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Social network has become the new ‘news outlet’ for today’s generation. However, users of social networks are notbound to any linguistics rules, especially when posting statuses. Hence, this paper aimed to identify the degree of formality and informality used in a Facebook status posted by an Indian public figure by looking at the occurrence of linguistic deviations in sentences, specifically in the post itself and the comments section. This research utilized a qualitative method where manual extraction of public user-generated textual data are collected and analysed via content analysis. A total of 1,023 words were analysed. The result of the research reflects the English language competency of Facebook users in an online communication with a public figure. The occurrences of linguistic deviations in the comments section also proved that the deviations are comprehensible, understood and accepted among the users, as long as the meanings of the messages were maintained and conveyed. Although the occurrences of linguistic deviation in this study found a pattern of informality in the online communication when conversing with a public figure or the people with power, it suggested the closeness and friendliness between the two respective groups. The findings of the study can be used to improve the pedagogy of communication English and expand the knowledge in the field of theory of linguistic deviation.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: social networks; Facebook; bilingualism; linguistic deviations; degree of formality
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculty/Division: Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Center for Modern Languages
Depositing User: Noorul Farina Arifin
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2022 08:46
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2022 08:46
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