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Brenda Danet and Susan C. Herring

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304794.001.0001

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Gender and Turn Allocation in a Thai Chat Room

Gender and Turn Allocation in a Thai Chat Room

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(p.232) (p.233) 10 Gender and Turn Allocation in a Thai Chat Room
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The Multilingual Internet
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Siriporn Panyametheekul

Susan C. Herring (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304794.003.0010

Turn-taking and response patterns in a popular Thai chat room on the Web are analyzed in light of Sacks, Schegloff, and Jefferson’s (1974) model of turn allocation in face-to-face conversation, taking into consideration participant gender. Flirtatious initiations and the responses they receive are also analyzed. Females participate more often and receive a higher rate of response from both females and males. In contrast, males, who are in the minority, must work harder to take the floor, even in their attempted flirtatious interactions. These results suggest that gender interacts with culture online in complex ways: contrary to previous findings on gender in chat rooms, and contrary to culturally-based expectations about the subordinate status of Thai women, females appear to be relatively empowered in the Thai chat room studied here, as assessed through turn allocation patterns.

Keywords:   conversation analysis, gender and culture, flirtation, Thai chat rooms, turn-taking, synchronous CMC

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