Being Lucky— Virtual Performative Speech Acts 
	A.R. Ross, Oxford University, UK

Learner conversations within a web-based adult online learning community 
for trainee London (UK) cabbies were studied and here are broadly 
categorised into three main conversational themes: content, process, and 
affect. The third theme, affect, includes learner interactions that operate 
in a register of mutual support and well-wishing. This paper utilises speech 
act theory to help understand the function(s) of emotion-based online 
conversations. It posits the existence of an affective channel of interaction 
that acts as a performative field of interpersonal exchange, one that gives 
normally atomised learners a venue in which they can leverage their agency 
and forge peer relationships.
Academic Exchange Quarterly Summer 2003 Volume 7, Issue 4
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