Discourse Turn in Online Discourse Analysis

  • Lingping Ding Suman Education International
Keywords: Sending turn, speaking turn, discourse turn, discourse analysis


This article presents the detailed process how to identify discourse turn as analysis unit to conduct online discourse analysis with text chat and voice chat in parallel. The aim is to arise the discussion of the way to identify an analysis unit when involving online conversation, where it is difficult to form a neat turn in a traditional way because of time lag or lack of paralinguistic cues, leading to disrupted turns or overlapped turns.

Two techniques are applied in order to identity a discourse turn: combining and splitting techniques. It seems they are the appropriate methods in order to conduct my research analysis and answer the research questions based on the online discourse.