Complimenting Behavior and (Self-)Praise across Social Media

New contexts and new insights

| Birkbeck, University of London
| Texas A&M University
ISBN 9789027207579 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027260727 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
The present volume focuses on complimenting behavior, including the awarding of (self-)praise, as manifested on social media. These commonplace activities have been found to fulfil a wide range of functions in face-to-face interaction, discoursal and relational amongst others. However, even though the giving of compliments and praise has become a pervasive practice in online environments, it remains a largely underexplored field of study within pragmatics. Self-praise is an activity that appears at the present time to be rapidly gaining ground online, and the various functions it performs clearly also need further investigation. The different contributions to this ground-breaking volume – 12 in total – aim to address this gap in research by exploring and shedding light on a number of aspects of these phenomena in a range of languages and language varieties. New socio-digital contexts are examined, supported in some cases by social networking sites not previously studied in complimenting behavior research. These include Facebook, Instagram, Renren, Twitter, as well as web forums, message boards and live text commentary.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 313]  2020.  xi, 315 pp. + index
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
María Elena Placencia and Zohreh R. Eslami
Part I. Complimenting behavior among friends and family
Chapter 1. A comparative study of compliment responses among Chinese Renren users and American Facebook users
Zohreh R. Eslami, Lu Yang and Chang Qian
Chapter 2. “Gracias pana” A glimpse into Ecuadorian male compliment responses on Facebook
Amanda Lower
Chapter 3. “Pero… y las caritas esas, ¿cómo se ponen?” Age effects on Facebook compliments in Peninsular Spanish
Carmen Maíz-Arévalo
Chapter 4. “Tu masssss ❤ te amo” Responding to compliments on Instagram among Ecuadorian teenage girls
María Elena Placencia and Hebe Powell
Chapter 5. Compliment response behavior among Japanese-English bilinguals on Facebook
Marina Ruiz-Tada, Marta Fernández-Villanueva and Elsa Tragant
Part II. Complimenting behavior and praise in the political domain
Chapter 6. Complimenting behavior in Spanish political discourse on Twitter
Ana Pano Alamán
Chapter 7. #Lovely country, #wonderful people: Diplomatic compliments and praise on Twitter
Roni Danziger and Zohar Kampf
Part III. Complimenting behavior and self-praise in health, sports and fitness domains
Chapter 8. The interpersonal effects of complimenting others and self-praise in online health settings
Marie-Thérèse Rudolf von Rohr and Miriam A. Locher
Chapter 9. Healthy lifestyle, dieting, fitness and bodybuilding: Compliments in the context of Polish online discussion forums and message boards
Anna Baczkowska
Chapter 10. “I want your brain” Complimenting behavior in online Over by Over cricket commentary
Dermot Brendan Heaney
Chapter 11. Compliments in congratulatory tweets to Spanish Olympic athletes
María Isabel Hernández Toribio and Laura Mariottini
Part IV. Perception of self-praise
Chapter 12. Modified self-praise in social media: Humblebragging, self-presentation, and perceptions of (in)sincerity
Mufan Luo and Jeffrey T. Hancock
Subject index
“This volume has contributed to different fields of research such as socio- and intercultural pragmatics as well as intercultural pragmatics, and also to the broad field of TMC. This publication constitutes an up-to-date and welcome addition to the field of pragmatics and should be of interest to graduate students, advanced undergraduates and scholars engaged in pragmatic research.”
“This book is particularly helpful for students and researchers in linguistic pragmatics, politeness research, cross-cultural communication, and technology-mediated communication.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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