A Corpus-Based Study of the of the Use of Pronouns in the Asynchronous Discussion Forums in the Online Intercultural Exchange MexCo

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Abstract

This paper reports on research carried out on data extracted from MexCo (Mexico-Coventry), an ongoing Online Intercultural Exchange (OIE) in its fifth implementation cycle at the time of writing (May 2016). Based on a set of collaborative intercultural tasks that participants engage with through a tailor-made Moodle area, MexCo aims to embed internationalisation into the curriculum of the two institutions involved in order to promote global citizenship competences among both students and staff. This study reports on the corpus-based linguistic analysis of the written asynchronous exchanges in two of the discussion forums in MexCo in academic year 2014-2015. The analysis was carried out by an ‘expert student’ in collaboration with staff with a focus on the use of pronouns, and three key differences were observed regarding the use of the first person plural pronoun ‘we’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew directions in telecollaborative research and practice: selected papers from the second conference on telecollaboration in higher education
EditorsS. Jager, M. Kurek
Place of PublicationDublin, Ireland
PublisherResearch-publishing.net
Pages283-290
ISBN (Print)978-1-908416-41-4, 978-1-908416-42-1, 978-1-908416-40-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2016
EventThe second conference on telecollaboration in higher education: New directions in telecollaborative research and practice - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 1 Apr 20161 Apr 2016

Conference

ConferenceThe second conference on telecollaboration in higher education
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period1/04/161/04/16

Bibliographical note

This paper was given at the “New directions in telecollaborative research and practice: the second conference on telecollaboration in higher education” hosted by Trinity College Dublin in April 2016. The book is published open access online at: https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2016.telecollab2016.9781908416414
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Keywords

  • MexCo
  • Online Intercultural Exchange
  • Corpus Analysis
  • Expert Student

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    Orsini-Jones, M., Gazeley-Eke, Z., & Leinster, H. (2016). A Corpus-Based Study of the of the Use of Pronouns in the Asynchronous Discussion Forums in the Online Intercultural Exchange MexCo. In S. Jager, & M. Kurek (Eds.), New directions in telecollaborative research and practice: selected papers from the second conference on telecollaboration in higher education (pp. 283-290). Dublin, Ireland: Research-publishing.net. https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2016.telecollab2016.519, https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2016.telecollab2016.9781908416414