Mail pragmatics(Social Networking and Cyberlanguage )

(The essay topics will focus on the core themes of the unit, requiring students to present a critical analysis of their chosen topic, using relevant data to support their arguments.)
Question: Email pragmatics
Language is studied at various levels. One of these levels involves looking at language in terms of pragmatic conventions. Pragmatics looks at meaning in the social context in which the utterance/text is produced. All users of a language employ pragmatic conventions, however, sometimes these conventions are flouted either deliberately or unintentionally. This can lead to misunderstanding or miscommunication. The language used in email is particularly vulnerable to this. Why is this the case? Discuss, using examples from your own experience, the various pragmatic conventions that can be flouted (either intentionally or unintentionally) that can lead to miscommunication.

Research points: You should investigate the literature related to:
i · the language of email communication,
i · pragmatics in general, and
i · the pragmatics in the language of email.
The following reference provides you with an example of the vast amount of literature available on the topic, and should give you a starting point for your research.

Essential reading:
Ford, S. (2003). Dear, Mr Shawn ?: A lesson in e-mail pragmatics. TESOL Journal. 12: 39-40.

Sources
Students are required to use at least six (6) sources for this assessment. Of these, one (1) may be drawn from the readings already provided in the above description, in lectures, or other assessments in the unit. All other sources must be selected from reliable academic or professional sources. Do not use Wikipedia.
The referencing system used for assignments is APA Version 6, and all students are expected to use this system.

Word Length
The set length is 1500 words. We allow variances of +/-10% of the set word length.