Student-teacher email interaction: Pragmatic markers of gender, nationality and status of the students
Aslihan Akkaya, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, United States
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale . Awarded
This study examined student-teacher interaction via e-mail in order to investigate whether the use of pragmatic markers by students in their e-mails differ based on their gender, nationality and status. A corpus of 160 e-mail messages sent by different students to their professors was examined in this study. There were 98 email messages by American students and 62 by internationals, 83 by males and 77 by females, and 86 graduates and 74 undergraduate students in the email corpus.
The analyses of the data involved calculating frequencies, tests of significance and qualitative analyses. The SPSS (Version 14.0 for Windows, 2005) was used to calculate frequencies, descriptive statistics and to perform tests of significance. The results revealed that there were nationality, gender and status differences on the use of the pragmatic markers employed in this study. The International, Female and Undergraduate groups were significantly associated with the use of formal pragmatic markers whereas the American, Male and Graduate groups employed informal pragmatic markers.
Akkaya, A. Student-teacher email interaction: Pragmatic markers of gender, nationality and status of the students. Master's thesis, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
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