Campus Units

English

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Writing Research

Volume

6

Issue

1

First Page

61

Last Page

84

DOI

10.17239/jowr-2014.06.01.3

Abstract

Spontaneous writing observed in chats, instant messengers, and social media has become established as productive modes of communication and discourse genres. However, they remain understudied from the perspective of writing process research. In this paper, we present an empirical study wherein keystrokes made by chat users in a game were recorded. The distributions of the inter-key intervals were analyzed and fitted with ex-Gaussian distribution equation, and an argument for psycholinguistic interpretation of the distribution parameters is presented. This analysis leads to establishing a threshold of 500 ms for the identification of pauses in spontaneous writing. Furthermore, we demonstrate that pauses longer than 1.2 s may correspond to higher-level linguistic processing beyond a single propositional expression (functional element of the discourse).

Comments

This article is published as Chukharev-Hudilainen, E. (2014). Pauses in spontaneous written communication: A keystroke logging study. Journal of Writing Research, 6(1), 61-84. [100%] (John R. Hayes Award for Excellence in Writing Research). 10.17239/jowr-2014.06.01.3. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Earli

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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