Z543: Computer-Mediated Communication

Z544: Gender and Computerization

Z641: Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis

Z642: Content Analysis for the Web




Susan C. Herring

Professor of Information Science 

Adjunct Professor of Linguistics

Fellow, Center for Social Informatics 

Fellow, Center for Research on Learning and Technology

Past Editor, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

Current Editor, Language@Internet

Mailing address:

Department of Information and Library Science
School of Informatics and Computing
1320 E. 10th Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-3907 USA

Tel:  (812) 856-4919
Fax: (812) 855-6166
Email: herring at indiana dot edu

What's new?


During the 2012-2013 academic year I was a residential Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in Stanford, CA. There I worked on two projects. I researched and developed methods for the analysis of multimodal discourse on the Internet as part of a group project led by Deborah Tannen on "Digital media, multimodality, and interactivity: A linguistic approach." I also collaborated with R. Patrick Goebel on a project to design and develop telepresence robots for use by academic professionals, culminating in the acquisition of two telepresence robots for assistive and research purposes.

Handbook of Pragmatics of CMC

The Handbook of the Pragmatics of Computer-Mediated Communication was published by Mouton de Gruyter in January 2013. The 29-chapter handbook, one of nine in a series of Handbooks of Pragmatics, is co-edited by Susan C. Herring (Indiana University, USA), Dieter Stein (Heinrich Heine University, Germany), and Tuija Virtanen (Åbo Akademi University, Finland). The handbook provides an overview of the pragmatics of language and language use mediated by digital technologies, including text-based interactive communication via the Internet, websites and other multimodal formats, and mobile communication. In addition to 'core' pragmatic and discourse-pragmatic phenomena the chapters cover pragmatically-focused research on types of CMC and pragmatic approaches to characteristic CMC phenomena.


Language@Internet has a new domain name: Language@Internet, a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal, seeks quality submissions that report original research on language and language use mediated by the Internet, the World Wide Web, and/or mobile technologies. Submissions and inquiries should be emailed to Susan Herring, Editor-in-Chief, at langint at indiana dot edu.


The webpage with information about the VisualDTA analysis tool (programmed by Andrew Kurtz) for use with Dynamic Topic Analysis has been moved. Its new location is VisualDTA can be downloaded for free from the site. The program runs on both PCs and Macs.

Multilingual Internet Book

The Multilingual Internet: Language, Culture, and Communication Online, co-edited by Brenda Danet and Susan C. Herring, was published by Oxford University Press in May 2007. A description of the book can be found on the OUP website. The collection comprises 18 chapters analyzing computer-mediated communication in various non-English languages, including Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese, and Thai, as well as broader perspectives on internet multilingualism.

Other Recent Publications (Selected)

Herring, S. C., & Kapidzic, S. (In press, 2014). Teens, gender, and self-presentation in social media. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of social and behavioral sciences, 2nd edition. Oxford: Elsevier. Prepublication version:

Herring, S. C., & Stoerger, S. (In press, 2014). Gender and (a)nonymity in computer-mediated communication. In S. Ehrlich, M. Meyerhoff, & J. Holmes (Eds.), The handbook of language, gender, and sexuality, 2nd edition. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Prepublication version:

Kapidzic, S., & Herring, S. C. (In press, 2014). Race, gender, and self-presentation in teen profile photographs. New Media & Society. Prepublication version:

Herring, S. C. (2013). Telepresence robots for academics. Proceedings of ASIST 2013. Prepublication version:

Herring, S. C. (2013). Discourse in Web 2.0: Familiar, reconfigured, and emergent. In D. Tannen & A. M. Tester (Eds.), Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics 2011: Discourse 2.0: Language and new media (pp. 1-25). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. Prepublication version:

Herring, S. C. (2013). Relevance in computer-mediated conversation. In S. C. Herring, D. Stein, & T. Virtanen (Eds.), Handbook of pragmatics of computer-mediated communication. Berlin: Mouton. Prepublication version: http://ella.slis.ind

Callahan, E., & Herring, S. C. (2012). Language choice on university websites: Longitudinal trends. International Journal of Communication, 6, 322-355.

Herring, S. C. (2012). Grammar and electronic communication. In C. Chapelle (Ed.), Encyclopedia of applied linguistics. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Preprint:

Kapidzic, S., & Herring, S. C. (2011). Gender, communication, and self-presentation in teen chatrooms revisited: Have patterns changed? Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 17(1), 39-59.

Callahan, E., & Herring, S. C. (2011). Cultural bias in Wikipedia articles about famous persons. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1002/asi.

Dresner, E., & Herring, S. C. (2010). Functions of the non-verbal in CMC: Emoticons and illocutionary force. Communication Theory, 20, 249-268. Preprint:

Herring, S. C. (2010). Who's got the floor in computer-mediated conversation? Edelsky's gender patterns revisited. Language@Internet, 7, article 8. Preprint:

Herring, S. C. (2010). Web content analysis: Expanding the paradigm. In J. Hunsinger, M. Allen, & L. Klastrup (Eds.), The International Handbook of Internet Research (pp. 233-249). Berlin: Springer Verlag. Preprint:

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