Finnish Terms for Talk on the Mobile Phone

Authored by: Saila Poutiainen

The Handbook of Communication in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138892095
eBook ISBN: 9781315709321
Adobe ISBN: 9781317485605


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Ethnographic research in the field of communication suggests that speech communities have unique ways to use, think, and talk about technology (e.g. Carbaugh, Winter, van Over, Molina- Markham, & Lie, 2013; Hart, 2012; Hiemstra, 1983). This chapter adds to the literature by applying the widely used framework of terms for talk developed by Donal Carbaugh (1989). Using the framework, I will describe, organize, label, and interpret Finnish cultural discourses about mobile phone communication. The framework allows the researcher to focus on a community’s commentary on the world, and in particular on its communication, ideals about relating to others, and what it means to be a person. The focus is thus on natives’ own words, their communication about and descriptions of those words including, whenever possible, observations of the communication so discussed.

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