The dissertation comprises studies of four modes of computer-mediated communication (CMC):
Email, Web Chat, Instant Messaging, and SMS
I am interested in finding out how people use written language, and adapt it to suit the constraints and affordances of different modes of CMC. We can observe graphic and syntactical strategies to either benefit from the written mode and the electronic transmission, or to over come the constraints - or both! This makes me interested in differences and similarities between speech and writing in general, and of medium and situational factors influencing how messages are formed and what people write about. Human linguistic ability and adaptability are definitely shown in this adaptation and development of written language!
The full thesis should be interesting.