Chapter published in:Complimenting Behavior and (Self-)Praise across Social Media: New contexts and new insights
Edited by María Elena Placencia and Zohreh R. Eslami
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 313] 2020
► pp. 237–261
“I want your brain”
Complimenting behavior in online Over by Over cricket commentary
This chapter examines complimenting behavior in Over by Over cricket commentary (OBO), a hybrid online genre with a conspicuous level of audience participation. The genre is defined and described and its social media credentials are assessed. The resulting picture is of an asymmetrical and time-bound virtual grouping in which simulated interactions between journalists and readers are increasingly to the fore.A significant presence of compliments was noted in preliminary readings. For insights into their forms and function, a corpus of commentary on two days’ play in separate international cricket matches was analyzed for complimenting content. Contrary to findings in previous studies for other social media, although direct explicit compliments comprised the majority, most occurred in non-formulaic patterns. A number of explanations for this are proposed.
Keywords: sports discourse, Over by Over commentary, social media, webpage assemblies, non-formulaic compliments, male talk, infotainment
Published online: 17 December 2020
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