Saturday, 28 September, 16:00–16:30 (Jakobi 2, Room 109)
Language of presentation: English
Vilnius University, BA student
greta.kniezaite [ät] gmail.com
Linguistic Means of Expression of Female Teenager Blogs
Research object: linguistic means of expression used to create image in private teenager blogs.
Purpose – to find out what linguistic means of expression are common in the analyzed teenager group and to discover what the created teenager image is, how a teenager mirrors oneself.
In order to reach the goal, such propositions are raised:
1. To theoretically describe the common sense of adolescence, creation of the authorial image, blog-like text and characteristics most common to its language;
2. To gather 22 female teenager private blogs;
3. To analyze what linguistic means are most typical in teenager blogs;
4. To describe the created image.
Data and methods. In order to complete the research, 22 female teenager blogs have been analyzed. Blogspot.com has provided the most applicable examples. Blogs have been selected accordingly to the aspects of gender and age (15-19 years). Qualitative method is applied to the research.
Texts and literature of linguists, psychologists and sociologists has been used to complete the research.
In the theoretical part such information has been collected: about a blog and the characteristics of its text, the common characteristics of linguistic means in private blogs, means of creating author`s image, women talk, the common understanding of adolescence.
During the research the first goal completed has been the nicknames of bloggers, and then blog posts have been analyzed. The analysis of nicknames has been executed by splitting nicknames into two groups: Lithuanian and English. The analysis of linguistic means of expression in blogs has been executed by selecting aspects of the artistic and casual style.
This thesis has tried to analyze the language used in female teenager blogs by highlighting the main linguistic means of expression and the created images. After blogs have been analyzed, it was noticed that images of female teenager are quite distinctive, there is no major pattern. This thesis can be interesting and useful for linguists who share interests in blog language, also for psychologists and sociolinguists. I am also interested in it and I think that this topic could be analyzed further on: the language of male teenagers in blogs, the language of teenagers of the same year group, conclusions found could be analyzed via comparative method by highlighting the created images.
Key words: authorial image, nickname, linguistic means of expression, teenager blogs