Emoji Use in A Politeness Strategy in WhatsApp Chatrooms for Academic Purposes

Felisha, Amelia (2022) Emoji Use in A Politeness Strategy in WhatsApp Chatrooms for Academic Purposes. S1 thesis, Universitas Jambi.

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This research explores emojis exchanged between university students and lecturers on WhatsApp chatrooms run for academic purposes. The focus is to reveal the meanings of the use of emojis and the politeness strategies they serve. The research was done qualitatively by analyzing data from WhatsApp chats archives and interviewing the students involved in the chats. The WhatsApp chats archives were analyzed by using theories of Politeness Strategy by Brown & Levinson (1988) and Speech Acts by Austin (1962) and Searle (1979). The analysis of WhatsApp conversations showed that emojis serve all politeness strategies and four speech acts, i.e., representatives, directives, commissives, and expressives. Furthermore, interviews with the students revealed that integrating emojis does not make them appear uneducated or rude. However, not all emojis can be used for academic purposes, mainly if directed to lecturers. From that perspective, it can be concluded that there are three things to consider using emojis in WhatsApp chatrooms for academic purposes. The considerations are 1) the social-power relation gap, 2) the context of the conversation, and 3) the receiver’s background knowledge of the intended emoji. To sum up, this research showed that emojis enhance the politeness strategy's function. Emojis also enhance the intention of the intended speech act. Nevertheless, it does not change the fact that it is not fully acceptable to be integrated entirely into the formal context. Using emojis for academic purposes is not a discourteous thing to do. However, it is best to proceed considerately.

Type: Thesis (S1)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Fakultas Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan > Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris
Depositing User: FELISHA
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2022 02:22
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2022 02:22
URI: https://repository.unja.ac.id/id/eprint/37518

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