Linguistic Deviations in Computer-mediated Communication Messenger Conversations: The Case of EFL Master 2 Language and Communication Students at the University of Tizi-Ouzou

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Université Mouloud Mammeri


The current study investigates linguistic deviations in computer-mediated communication Messenger conversations. The objectives of the study are twofold. First, it attempts to identify the linguistic deviations employed by Master 2 Language and Communication students enrolled in the Department of English at the University of Tizi-Ouzou regarding graphology, grammar, phonology and lexis. Second, it strives to identify the reasons why Master 2 students use deviated forms in their Messenger conversations. To reach the objectives of the study, the mixed-methods approach is applied. Qualitative data are collected from a corpus of thirty-three Messenger conversation screenshots. Quantitative data, on the other hand, are collected from a questionnaire directed to Master 2 students. Through the research process, Leech’s (1969) Model of Linguistic Deviations and Qualitative Content Analysis are used to analyze the Messenger conversation screenshots written in English obtained from the Messenger group of Master 2 students, and quantitative/statistical analysis is used to treat the data obtained from the questionnaire. The results reveal that the students use graphological, grammatical, phonological, and lexical deviations in their Messenger conversations. The reasons for violating the rules of standard language include efficiency and speed, importance of the message over its form, trendy language, and space limitations


63 p. ; 30 cm. (+ CD-Rom)


Computer-mediated communication, Discourse analysis, Linguistic deviations, Messenger conversations


Language and Communication