(In)Appropriate Online Behavior

A pragmatic analysis of message board relations

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This descriptive and comprehensive study on the discursive struggle over interpersonal relations in online message boards is located at the fascinating interface of pragmatics and computer-mediated discourse – a research area which has so far not attracted much scientific interest. It sets out to shed light on the question how interpersonal relations are established, managed and negotiated in online message boards by giving a valid overview of the entire panoply of interpersonal relations (and their interrelations), including both positively and negatively marked behavior. With the first part of the book providing an in-depth discussion and refinement of the pivotal theoretical positions of both fields of research, students as well as professionals are (re-)acquainted with the subject at hand. Thus supplying a framework for the ensuing case study, the empirical part displays the results of the analysis of 50 threads (ca. 300,000 words) of a popular British message board.

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[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 229]  2013.  xiii, 285 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
List of figures and tables
xi–xii
Acknowledgements
xiii
1. Introduction
1–4
2. Communicating via networks I: A technical perspective
5–35
3. Communicating via networks II: A social perspective
37–51
4. Interpersonal relations I: The origins of politeness, face & facework
53–77
5. Interpersonal relations II: Putting (im)politeness in an integrative perspective
79–103
6. Prelude to the analysis: Gathering contextual factors
105–126
7. Analyzing online message boards I: Thread starts
127–161
8. Analyzing online message boards II: Thread interaction
163–257
9. Conclusion
259–263
Bibliography
265–280
Name index
281–282
Subject index
283–285
“The monograph is a valuable contribution to CMC pragmatics research that successfully tackles a number of important problems (such as the definition of online genres, communities of practice and facework).”
“The book offers valuable new insights to readers who are interested in pragmatics and online communication at large. The overall structure of the book allows readers to easily follow the author’s argumentation. The individual chapters are logically linked by smooth transitions, while the succinct conclusion in the final chapter conveniently wraps up the main ideas of the whole study. Arguably the most significant contribution of this work is the author’s attempt to revise Locher and Watts’ model of relational work.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012041715