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Kleinke, Sonja and Birte Bös. 2014. Intergroup rudeness and the metapragmatics of its negotiation in online discussion fora. Pragmatics 24 (5) : 47–71.
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This study argues that intergroup rudeness (as way of in- and outgroup construction), and its metapragmatic comments are very dissimilarly dealt with in English and German online discussion fora. Proposing cultural predilections, there is a far higher interactivity level and an obvious choice of interpersonal negotiation in the German discussion group; their English counterparts prefer intergroup level negotiation. Both threads offer metapragmatic evidence that the recurrent use of discourtesy tokens does not automatically make discourtesy a recognized norm.