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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dufour, Nicole M
Author's Email Address ndufou1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0703103-143335
Title Dialogic Dogs and Phatic Felines: Speaking to and through Our Pets
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
M. Jill Brody Committee Chair
Miles Richardson Committee Member
Rebecca Saunders Committee Member
  • ratified participants
  • discourse analysis
  • repetition
Date of Defense 2003-05-16
Availability unrestricted
While many pet owners acknowledge that they speak to their pet, Pet Communication has remained mostly overlooked by researchers. Through discourse analysis, this thesis is an attempt to analyze Pet Communication, which deals with human speech to a pet, about a pet, or through a pet. I analyze data which I transcribed in the waiting room of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Clinic. Data were collected from conversations that took place between pet owners, between pet owners and the Clinic's staff, pet owners and their pets, and between staff and pets. These data were then analyzed using various linguistic theories including analysis of repetition, frames, kinship, and notions concerning ratification.
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