to the Study
Language is one of the most complex of
all human specific phenomena. Its convolutions of parts and meanings. It goes
beyond its semiotic possibility of conveying information at a communicative
level to have an art form that exists by it alone which is known as the
At the communicative level, it involves
other tools to aid interlocution namely voice modulation and pitch,
gesticulations which for the sake of this study include facial expressions and
feedbacks from the other person for the clarification of meanings and
understanding. At interpersonal level, language is always based on contextual
sense making as the complexity of language always bear upon every utterance.
Remove the verbal and personal
arrangement of this semiotic speech act and all the other tools for sense
making being to go with it. So that one runs the risk of being misunderstood
which defeats the aim conversations in all levels. However, with the
advancement of technology especially at telecommunications sector, people now rely
much on texting and the instant messaging platforms are becoming more and more
popular across social classes and with this popularity comes the need for its
acceptance for formal and informal purposes.
of the Problem
The use of the WhatsApp instant
messaging application involves a two way attempt to decipher interlocution
beyond the texts. So that feature like emojis and Smiley’s are added to aid
understanding while short hands are also evolved and their meanings learnt by
users and new users. However, a greater chance of sense making still lies on
the texts and how users are able to adjust to each persons texting pattern. At
any event, one relies majorly on context in order to make sense of what is
being read and when this fails, one asks for clarifications from the other
person(s). This is the problem that has given rise to the present research: to
conduct a pragmatic study of WhatsApp chats.
1.3.1what are the common methods through which users arrive at a
contextual meaning of texts on the Application.
1.3.2How far can the Contextual theory of semantics with all its
shortcomings bear upon any study such as the present one.
1.3.3What are the troubles users tend to run into in terms of
sense making on the platform
1.3.4And how peculiar are the texting styles across different
of the Study
The major purposes of this research
work is to carry out a pragmatic analysis of the intricacies of WhatsApp
instant messaging application. This would be achieved through:
identification of the various common methods users employ in contextual sense
research will describe in detail the movement of contextual sense making among
users of the instant messaging application. This description will aim at
looking at these methods as they develop into popularity among a particular age
range usually the millennials.
of the Study
The present research work is deeply
significant especially as it closes up academic gap which has called it up. In
language study especially the part the linguistics are mandated to study, the
research will give models for reading WhatsApp conversations and other
conversations on similar platforms with similar features like Imo, Instagram
Direct Message and Facebook Messenger.
In the wider picture and seeing that
many legal conversation go on with the use of the app, forensics and criminal
law can gain insight from the work done here in understanding the how to handle
conversations of this kind tendered as evidence in a legal action.
The assumption on which this research
work is predicated upon the assumption that contextual sense making process is
what is used by users of the instant messaging application: WhatsApp.
of the Study
The focus of this research work is on
deciphering how sense making in WhatsApp chats are predicated upon the context
of messages. While focusing on WhatsApp references would be made as the
discussion progresses to other instant messaging software like the Facebook Messenger
app and Imo.
of the Study
The major limitations of this research
work is time issue and with the nature of the research which would require a
sifting through of a random cross section of WhatsApp chats in order to better
carry out the study which would also require lots of time and financial
This is the branch of linguistics that
enquires into how context of texts and word usages bear upon their meanings.