Advice Online

Advice-giving in an American Internet health column

| University of Berne
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Advice Online presents a comprehensive study of advice-giving in one particular American Internet advice column, referred to as ‘Lucy Answers’. The discursive practice investigated is part of a professional and educational health program managed by an American university. The study provides insights into the linguistic realization of both asking for and giving advice in a written form and thus adds to the literature on advice columns as a specific text genre, on advice in health care contexts, and on Internet communication. The book offers a comprehensive literature review of advice in health encounters and other contexts, and uses this knowledge as a basis for comparison. Advice Online demonstrates how qualitative and quantitative research methods can be successfully combined to arrive at a comprehensive analysis of a discursive practice. It provides essential information on advice-giving for researchers, academics and students in the fields of (Internet) communication, media studies, pragmatics, social psychology and counseling. Health educators who work for advice columns or use similar forms of communication will also benefit from the insights gained in this study.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 149]  2006.  xvi, 277 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
ix–x
List of tables and figures
xi–xv
Introduction
1–5
Material description: 'Lucy Answers', an American Internet advice column
9–18
Literature review on advice
21–49
Research questions
51–56
The content structure of the response letters and the realization of advice
59–111

Aspects of relational work in the response letters

113–151
The personal and public dimension of advice-giving in the response letters
153–179
Lucy’s voice: Constructing the identity of an expert advice-giver
181–205
The problem letters by the anonymus advice-seekers
207–244
Factors constituting the discursive practice in ‘Lucy Answers’
249–257
Notes
259–264
Appendix: Sample of an XML file
265–266
References
267–273
Index
275–277
“This is a well-written, well-executed and thought-provoking book that displays great skill and sensitivity in the analysis of the discursive practices of advice-giving. It is particularly valuable in being the first book-length study of its kind on Internet discourse and is a top quality synthesis of highly pleasing originality and first class scholarship.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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