Title

Misfires: A Look at SMS Conversations and Clarity

Presenter Information

Thomas Insall

Department

English and Technical Communication

Major

English; Secondary Education

Research Advisor

Bryan, Eric Shane

Advisor's Department

English and Technical Communication

Abstract

This paper hopes to make an argument for the introduction of the term misfire to denote moments in SMS conversations where a recipient is unsure of the implicature of the message received. By taking a closer look at how and why misfires occur, it may be possible to predict responses to them. Defining a set method to determine the correct implicature of a misfire could pave the way for designing more efficient methods to determine the implicature of other forms of communication where meaning is unclear.

Biography

Thomas is an English and Secondary Education student at Missouri S&T. He plans to graduate in the fall of 2013.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Arts and humanities oral presentation, Third place

Location

Turner Room

Presentation Date

10 Apr 2012, 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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Misfires: A Look at SMS Conversations and Clarity

Turner Room

This paper hopes to make an argument for the introduction of the term misfire to denote moments in SMS conversations where a recipient is unsure of the implicature of the message received. By taking a closer look at how and why misfires occur, it may be possible to predict responses to them. Defining a set method to determine the correct implicature of a misfire could pave the way for designing more efficient methods to determine the implicature of other forms of communication where meaning is unclear.