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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
11:00am
  • A CMD [Computer-Mediated Discourse] and Contrastive Pragmatics Approach to the Study of Personals Ads from Mexico City and London

    Time: 11:05am - 11:20am 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Sara Zahler

    The current study combines a contrastive pragmatics approach with a computer-mediated discourse analysis approach (CMDA) to the study of online personals ads from Mexico City and London with regard to two levels of pragmatic analysis. The first constitutes a pragmalinguistic variable at the actional level by examining the different verbs employed in directive statements expressing the poster’s desired attributes in his/her potential partner. The second level of analysis, the study of the sequence of speech events present in personal ads, is at the interactional level. A sociolinguistic and CMDA perspective is employed throughout the analysis by considering the variation across several social factors: gender, sexual orientation, age and type of relationship desired. Specifically, gender and orientation will be considered together, resulting in four groups of speakers: men looking for men, men looking for women, women looking for women and women looking for men. Results are subsequently compared across languages and are analyzed in terms of cross-cultural and cross-linguistic differences between Mexico City Spanish and London English.

    Part of the colloquium: "Pragmatic and Sociolinguistic Variation" (S612 final papers, Spring 2013)

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     

  • Prosodic Variation in Question/Response Sequences

    Time: 11:20am - 11:35am 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Joe Ducey

    Part of the colloquium: "Pragmatic and Sociolinguistic Variation" (S612 final papers, Spring 2013)

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     

  • Directives in YouTube: An Investigation on the Commentary of a Language Instructional Video

    Time: 11:35am - 11:50am 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Monica Mills

    The objective of this study is to investigate the use of requests, suggestions and questions, also known as directives, in YouTube commentary. Specifically, commentary from three different genres of videos will be analyzed at the actional of pragmatic analysis according to the types of requests, suggestions and questions that are found on the YouTube channel 123 Inglés, a channel for native Spanish speakers to learn English. Although the YouTube community presents problems when investigating social factors, several linguistic factors may be investigated in regards to what influences the realization of the directives. The factors studied are the language used by the commentator (English or Spanish), as well as the topic of commentary that is mentioned. In addition, the commentator’s open approval or disapproval of the mentioned topic is investigated to determine whether or not politeness factors are affected. These politeness factors include various strategies proposed by Searle 1976, as well as mitigation factors, alerters, as well as internal and external modifications to the request, suggestion or question.

    Part of the colloquium: "Pragmatic and Sociolinguistic Variation" (S612 final papers, Spring 2013)

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     

  • The Use of Personal Deixis to Respond to Face-Threatening Acts in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Debates

    Time: 11:50am - 12:05pm 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Matt Fuss

    The current study builds on research in impoliteness and personal deixis in face-to-face political debates by analyzing the strategic use of personal deixis employed by President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential debates. Specifically, this study analyzes the candidates’ use of the pronominal system to address face-threatening acts (FTAs). The analysis identifies the triggering FTAs and the candidates’ subsequent response types. For each response, the candidates’ use of first person singular and plural pronouns and adjectives is noted. The notion of discourse space is used to identify the reference of the personal pronouns. Discourse space refers to the temporal-spatial coordinates of the speech event and the actual and potential participants roles involves. By comparing the various discourse spaces the candidates invoke with their response strategies, this study shows how candidates use personal deixis to index their ideological stance and group memberships when responding to FTAs.

    Part of the colloquium: "Pragmatic and Sociolinguistic Variation" (S612 final papers, Spring 2013)

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     

12:00pm
  • Impoliteness in the Speech of College-Aged Bonaerenses

    Time: 12:05pm - 12:20pm 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Mark Hoff

    This study builds upon previous work on impoliteness to provided perspectives on the unique ways in which a specific Argentine speech community interacts and negotiates linguistically. This study operates at the actional level of variational pragmatics, employing an elicitation questionnaire to gather experimental data on impolite vocative use in the language of college-aged young people in the province of Buenos Aires. Novel perspectives on the macro-social variable of gender as it relates to impoliteness are offered. In this discussion, gender roles, treated as complex, elastic, and socially-conditioned constructs existing in a continuum, are examined in terms of the ways in which they condition and constrain the impolite vocatives young Bonairenses use in a variety of social contexts. An analysis of the variable severity of certain vocatives commonly used in Buenos Aires is also provided here, with emphasis on the role of speaker and interlocutor gender relations in the determination of a form’s severity.

    Part of the colloquium: "Pragmatic and Sociolinguistic Variation" (S612 final papers, Spring 2013)

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     

  • [Apologies in Russian and Spanish: A contrastive pragmalinguistic and sociopragmatic study]

    Time: 12:20pm - 12:35pm 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Disculpas en ruso y español: Un estudio contrastivo pragmalingüístico y sociopragmático
    [Apologies in Russian and Spanish: A contrastive pragmalinguistic and sociopragmatic study]

    Valentyna Filimonova

    El presente estudio ofrece un análisis contrastivo pragmalingüístico y sociopragmático de las disculpas en dos culturas de la misma orientación a la cortesía positiva y hacia el oyente. Los participantes son hablantes nativos del español de México y hablantes nativos del ruso de Ucrania, todos de edad universitaria y de clase social media. Los datos provienen de una tarea de completar el discurso (DCT) compuesta por 8 situaciones controladas con respecto a los factores contextuales poder, distancia y severidad de ofensa (Brown y Levinson, 1987) y el factor social sexo del interlocutor. El análisis pragmalingüístico provee la descripción y distribución de las diferentes estrategias y componentes de las disculpas, mientras que el análisis sociopragmático revela patrones en el uso de las variables lingüísticas según el sexo de los participantes y sus interlocutores. Los análisis individuales por idioma se comparan al final, resaltando y explicando las diferencias en términos del grado de la cortesía positiva y la orientación hacia el oyente o hablante. Las diferencias principales se encuentran en la percepción de la severidad de ofensa con sus repercusiones al nivel lingüístico.

    Part of the colloquium: "Pragmatic and Sociolinguistic Variation" (S612 final papers, Spring 2013)

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     




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