One of the interview excerpt I want to quote include "haha."

Is it permitted to quote an interview excerpt with 'haha' in a thesis?

I asked because it seems like it is too informal.

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    Where do you want to quote it? – Enthusiastic Engineer Jul 3 '14 at 12:53
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    Why would you think you couldn't? – ff524 Jul 3 '14 at 13:16
  • Consider asking people you write the excerpt for. – Dmitry Savostyanov Jul 3 '14 at 13:16
  • I want to quote it in a thesis. I asked because it is too informal. – EasternRiver Jul 3 '14 at 13:38
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    Direct quotes are never informal. – JeffE Jul 3 '14 at 14:14

You should consult with your advisor about conventions in your field. I think generally, people lightly edit interviews such as these, so if the laughter isn't revelant to what the subject is saying, you can leave it out. If it is important, you don't have to onomatopoetically transcribe it as "haha." You can write "[laughter]" or "[interviewee laughs]."

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It is permitted to do whatever is necessary to get the information across.

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  • @J.Zimmerman The question is whether something is permitted; my response is yes. How is it not an answer? – David Richerby Jul 4 '14 at 9:22
  • You might improve your response by addressing the issue of informality (it is not clear that the "haha" is necessary to get the information across). – J. Zimmerman Jul 4 '14 at 9:25
  • @J.Zimmerman That's a question of whether it's advisable, not permitted. – David Richerby Jul 4 '14 at 12:03

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