Publication details [#58136]

García-Gómez, Antonio and Carmen Maíz Arévalo. 2013. ‘You look terrific!’ Social evaluation and relationships in online compliments. Discourse Studies 15 (6) : 735–760.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
SAGE Publications


This paper examines how online social network (like Facebook) users employ compliments to evaluate others and reinforce social relationships in English and Spanish. Despite surface resemblances, the remarkably distinct compliment frequencies reflect profound cultural differences.