This paper examines the email discursive practices of particular speakers of two different languages, namely
Peninsular Spanish and British English. More specifically, our study focuses on (in)formality and (in)directness therein,
for these lie at the heart of considerable scholarly debate regarding, respectively (i) the general stylistic drift towards orality
and informality in technology-mediated communication, and (ii) the degree of communicative (in)directness – within broader
politeness orientations – of speakers of different languages, specifically an orientation towards directness in Peninsular
Spanish vis-à-vis indirectness in British English. The aim of this paper is thus to investigate the role of (in)formality and
(in)directness in email messages sent by members of two groups of undergraduate students to their university lecturers.
To this end, a corpus of 100 impromptu emails was compiled and analysed. Results revealed complex, fluctuating patterns
regarding levels of (in)formality and (in)directness that underlined cross-cultural variation in the way that different
sociopragmatic principles found expression in a specific computer-mediated communicative situation.
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Grinstein, Amir & Ann Kronrod
2016. Does Sparing the Rod Spoil the Child? How Praising, Scolding, and an Assertive Tone Can Encourage Desired Behaviors. Journal of Marketing Research 53:3 ► pp. 433 ff.
He, Helen Ai, Naomi Yamashita, Chat Wacharamanotham, Andrea B. Horn, Jenny Schmid & Elaine M. Huang
2017. Two Sides to Every Story. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction 1:CSCW ► pp. 1 ff.
Kronrod, Ann, Amir Grinstein & Kerem Shuval
2022. Think positive! Emotional response to assertiveness in positive and negative language promoting preventive health behaviors. Psychology & Health 37:11 ► pp. 1309 ff.
2022. Tools for Online Politeness. In Methodology in Politeness Research [Advances in (Im)politeness Studies, ], ► pp. 231 ff.
2021. Salience in EFL speakers’ perceptions of formality: (In)formal greetings and address forms combined with (in)formal nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Language Teaching Research► pp. 136216882110550 ff.
2022. Expression of formality in writing: English-dominant speakers’ and English learners’ knowledge, preferences, and other-language influence. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism► pp. 1 ff.
2018. Infinitivo enunciativo en español y francés: estudio contrastivo desde una perspectiva pragmático-textual. Círculo de Lingüística Aplicada a la Comunicación 73 ► pp. 197 ff.
2023. Multilingual cyberpragmatics in instructional settings. Exploring gender and age effects in Catalan, Spanish and English email requests. International Journal of Multilingualism► pp. 1 ff.
2019. Emoji and rapport management in Spanish WhatsApp chats. Journal of Pragmatics 143 ► pp. 109 ff.
2013. The impact of globalisation on politeness and impoliteness. Journal of Pragmatics 55 ► pp. 86 ff.
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