Abstract—Due to the revolution of technology in communication, a unique form of communication has emerged involving the use of new word forms, structures and style of expression. Therefore, this study examined the linguistic features used in a discussion forum among the e-distance learning students in Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia. The data of this study were collected from messages posted by the students to their friends and lecturers. The online forums are platform for the students in this program to communicate with their fellow classmates, lecturers and other e-distance learning students. The study indicates students use linguistic features such as rebus writing, internet specific acronyms, reduplication of letters when communicating with their friends. This study also hopes to enrich the knowledge on the study of computer-mediated communication and to motivate other researchers to conduct further studies in this area.
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Zaemah Abd Kadir is with the Academy of Language Studies, UiTM Shah Alam. (e-mail: email@example.com).
M.Maros and B. A. Hamid are with the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, UKM.
Cite: Z. A. Kadir, M. Maros, and B. A. Hamid, "Linguistic Features in the Online Discussion Forums," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 276-281 , 2012.