TRÁVNÍKOVÁ, Petra. “I know what you mean”: Agreeing as a positive politeness strategy in online discussions. In 7th Brno Conference On Linguistics Studies In English. 2016.
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Original name “I know what you mean”: Agreeing as a positive politeness strategy in online discussions
Authors TRÁVNÍKOVÁ, Petra (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution).
Edition 7th Brno Conference On Linguistics Studies In English, 2016.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Presentations at conferences
Field of Study 60200 6.2 Languages and Literature
Country of publisher Czech Republic
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14640/16:00091047
Organization unit Language Centre
Keywords in English agreeing; disagreeing; online community; positive politeness; rapport
Tags International impact
Changed by Changed by: Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D., učo 19480. Changed: 2/10/2016 21:48.
The present paper deals with the speech event of expressing agreement, a prominent positive politeness strategy (Brown and Levinson 1978, Leech 1983), via which the users of online communities promote solidarity in their forums. As opposed to agreeing in face-to-face conversation, where it is often not voiced and tends to be expressed via paralanguage or even silence, different means must be employed in computer-mediated discourse with its absent visual channel and different concept of back-channelling. The contribution aims to demonstrate the findings from an analysis conducted on a corpus comprising several threads of discussion forums dedicated to common topics discussed in online communities, mostly consisting of women users, such as dieting, infertility, pregnancy or parenting. It presents the structure of agreement, in particular how it is linked to previous discourse (especially by means of quoting and naming), and its most recurrent patterns. Contrary to the general belief that agreement is unmarked and preferred response and hence not necessarily expressed, it was a frequent strategy in the corpus. As it occurred even in situations when the speaker was not expected to agree (unsolicited agreement), it is clear that the users expresses constant agreement and emphasise sameness even without being encouraged to do so in order to stress common ground and overcome face-threatening acts caused by the delicate nature of the topics.
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