The role of sentence closing as an emotional marker: a case of Japanese mobile phone e-mail

Sakai, Noboru (2013) The role of sentence closing as an emotional marker: a case of Japanese mobile phone e-mail. Discourse, Context and Media, 2 3: 149-155. doi:10.1016/j.dcm.2013.07.001

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Author Sakai, Noboru
Title The role of sentence closing as an emotional marker: a case of Japanese mobile phone e-mail
Journal name Discourse, Context and Media   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2211-6958
2211-6966
Publication date 2013-09-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.dcm.2013.07.001
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 149
End page 155
Total pages 7
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study investigates how symbols are used as a sentence closing method in Japanese mobile phone e-mail (Keitai-mail), in order to discuss how this practice has extended to increase the possibility of what can be conveyed via written composition.43,295 mails from 60 Japanese young people are analysed in this study. The results show that, as in other CMC practices, emoticons are mostly used as sentence closure devices in the collected data (about 63%), indicating that writers of Keitai-mail naturally use the end of the sentence as a place to add extra-textual messages such as feelings or implications. Moreover, some standard scripts such as periods ('o ') are also used as emotional markers in addition to their formal usage as simple sentence closing devices. These texting practices can be interpreted as showing that the sentence closing is the most important method since the messages intended to be expressed in Keitai-mail have become more sensitive in terms of reflecting a subtle meaning or implication through this method. The choice of whether to use standard or picture-based symbols contributes to this practice as well.
Keyword Computer mediated communication (CMC)
Emoticons
Keitai-mail
Mobile phone e-mail
Non-textual elements
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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