Rapport Management in Virtual Team Communication

Satomi Ura,

Meisei University, Japan

Technological innovation has been making the world’s border blurred, in a way, varnished on the online communication. The pandemic situation accelerates this trend. The aim of this study is to investigate how the virtual working team build up an effective teamwork from sociolinguistic perspective. This study views teamwork as discourse to reveal rapport management in virtual coordination. Several communicative channels are adapted by this working team, such as emails among individual members, mailing lists, text messaging, social network systems, as the working team formed by parents association in Tokyo Japan. The data collected from the online interactions in working team of Japanese organization will be analyzed by making reference to the notion of communities of practice as a framework (Lave & Wenger, 1991). Since this parent association includes Japanese parents’ utterances, forms or typical patterns displayed in the email texts will provide evidence of the uniqueness of Japanese discourse (Fujio and Tanaka, 2012). From a discoursal perspective, this study explores Asian business discourse. On the other hand, this case study has the view of society, it shows that majority of parents association members are women. The point is that parenting duty heavily rely on women. This study also shed light on the context of Japanese society about modernization, traditional ideas or values, and gender inequality behind the economic development in decades (Hendry, 2003). Backdrop explains how the Discourse has been constructed and deconstructed through the modernization.

The above abstract is a part of the article which was accepted at The Fifth Annual International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature (WWW.LLLD.IR), 2-3 February 2021, Iran-Ahwaz.