Estudo sobre as produções de texto de alunos do ensino fundamental - a influência da internet
Camolese, Mariana Ribeiro de Carvalho
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It is possible that the written language is influenced by words and/or expressions as well as graphic or semiotic elements, which are present in interactions in virtual environments (relationship sites, instant chats, e-mails, etc). As school is the privileged place for the acquisition and improvement of the written language, this dissertation aims at observing how the internet can interfere in texts produced by students. Based on a previously collected corpus, this research has as its mains objectives: 1) describe the lexicon used by elementary school students from two schools around São Carlos (SP), observing more frequent words and/or expressions, as well as the least current ones but which reveal a rich semantic content; 2) analyse the interference of internet language in the students´ written production; 3) suggest proposals for class work, considering the influence of communication in virtual environments (the internet). The corpus contains 300 compositions and was created as follows: each student (11 to 15 years old) of a private and a public elementary schools was asked to write two compositions. These should be of two different textual genres, which were chosen according to the research interest: a letter and an essay. It is believed that these 300 texts, although they constitute only a sample, can be very representative, since they represent public and private students and also treat two different textual genres. The corpus, collected between October and November 2006, was typed in .txt (Notepad) format, in a way it could be accessible for manipulation by automatic textual processors. Typing followed previously determined transcription patterns in a way it could preserve the texts particularities as standard language deviations, drawings, abbreviations and symbols occurrence. After that, all the corpus manipulation was carried out with the help of Word Smith Tools and Unitex. Regarding the theoretical aspects, this research is based on the concept of discursive genre from Bakhtin, and concerning the methodological ones, the compilation and corpus analyses proceedings suggested by Corpus Linguistics were followed.