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Dialogic dogs and phatic felines: speaking to and through our pets

By Nicole M. Dufour

Category Theses

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.


Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2003
Pages 93
Publisher Louisiana State University
Location of Publication Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Department Agricultural and Mechanical College
Degree Geography and Anthropology
Language English
  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal communication
  3. Animal roles
  4. Animals in culture
  5. Cats
  6. Communication
  7. Dogs
  8. frames
  9. Kinship
  10. Mammals
  11. pet communication
  12. Pet ownership
  13. Pets and companion animals
  14. Physical environment
  15. repetition
  16. Social Environments
  17. speech