I am a student of English Linguistics at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, and this is my first post here. I am currently writing my master’s thesis in English linguistics on „Online-Chat as a form of Conversation” and would greatly appreciate your help in this:
What I am in need of now are English-language chat logs. The logs will, of course, be used for linguistic analyses only (e.g. topic changes, choice of words, chat-specific conventions) and be dealt with confidentially (all names/places will be changed to secure your privacy, if you wish).
I can make use of logs of any kind of platform (ICQ, AIM, Win LIVE/MSN, Skype), but I’d prefer logs with time stamps. If you wish to contribute chat logs of public chat rooms with multiple participants, you are, of course, welcome to do so, but please make sure to ask them if it is ok to use the logs.
If you wish, you can also include additional information like the ages, genders or relationship of the participants or which platform the logs are from (this makes it easier to understand the smileys). Of course, I would prefer logs of whole even multiple, consecutive conversations.
Please send the logs and any questions regarding my thesis or how to access log files to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not willing to provide logs yourself but know someone who might, feel free to forward this to your friends. I am grateful for any data I can get.
Thank you all for your help