Identifier

etd-0703103-143335

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Geography and Anthropology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

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.

Date

2003

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

M. Jill Brody

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