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Thursday, April 25, 2013
11:00am
  • [Acceptance of impoliteness in "Why don't you shut up?"]

    Time: 11:05am - 11:20am 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Aceptación de la descortesía en "¿Por qué no te callas?"
    [Acceptance of impoliteness in "Why don't you shut up?"]

    Rosa Maria Piqueres

    El presente estudio examina la intervención del monarca español Juan Carlos II en la XVII Cumbre Iberoamericana de Jefes de Estado, analizando si su producción se concibe como un acto de habla descortés aceptable o inaceptable por una comunidad multimedia. De este modo, se parte de la base que la actuación del rey fue descortés debido a encontrarse en conflicto con la visión de otros interlocutores (Culpeper, 2010), enmarcándose así como descortesía desreguladora de tipo 1 (Terkourafi, 2011). Para ello, se extraen los primeros 500 comentarios del vídeo que reproduce este acontecimiento en YouTube y se clasifican en función de su posición respecto a la actuación del rey, siguiendo de esta forma la metodología de Garcés-Conejos Blitvich (2010). Asimismo, se miden las constantes de género y nacionalidad, así como las intervenciones literales de los protagonistas en la intervención, realizando un análisis global de las razones y percepciones que califican un acto de habla como descortés y de su impacto en esta comunidad de habla particular.

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

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     

  • Rudeness in Spanish Classes: Learners' Pragmatic Awareness

    Time: 11:20am - 11:35am 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Amanda Feuerstein

    This study proposes investigate the pragmatic awareness of learners of Spanish as a foreign language in relation to rudeness. Building upon the previous work of Beebe (1995) and Beebe and Waring (2005), this study adapts their rudeness survey to the foreign language context at the students’ current university. The analysis will utilize the rudeness framework developed in the former to determine what kinds of strategies learners use to respond to rudeness: aggressing strategies, persisting strategies, and acquiescing strategies. These results will be compared to native Spanish speakers’ results to see if learners develop pragmatic awareness without explicit instruction.

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

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     

  • ¿Puedo usar…? or ¿Me podrías prestar…? Spanish L2 Learners’ Communication in Context: A Study of U.S. High School Study Abroad Students’ Request Pragmatics

    Time: 11:35am - 11:50am 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Patrick Moore

    The present study investigates requests that intermediate L2 high school learners of Spanish will produce in response to a contextualized discourse completion task (DCT), and how these will change upon repeating the DCT after a short, but intense, study abroad experience. The study abroad students’ data will be compared with DCT responces from University level intermediate L2 learners of Spanish and from native speakers of Spanish. It is anticipated that the study abroad participants will tend to produce requests similar to those of intermediate level university students, and will make non native-like requests, but will manifest noticeable change in their requests in the direction of being more native-like after study abroad. Coding will follow CCSARP Coding Manual (Blum-Kulka, House, & Kasper, 1989); study abroad participants’ intensity of interaction and immersion (Bardovi-Harlig & Bastos, 2011) will also be analyzed as independent variables.

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

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     

  • Spanish on Twitter: Pragmatic Variation by Gender in the Diminutive

    Time: 11:50am - 12:05pm 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Meg Cychosz

    The study at hand analyzes the use of the diminutive as a mitigating device by gender on the social media network Twitter. Although prevalent in languages such as English (Holmes 1997; Mills 2003; Tannen 1991), we still lack empirical analyses of pragmatic variation by gender in the Spanish language (García Mouton 2000; Nissen 2001; Roca 2005). This work proposes a variationist analysis of the diminutive, at the formal level of pragmatic variation, utilizing Computer-Mediated Discourse (CMD) theory and methodology. Utilizing a corpus of more than 1,000 Twitter users, the investigator has elicited tweets on the networking site to measure the diminutive as it varies by gender across speech act type and function. More specifically, individual users in interaction will be analyzed (ie. with men, women, or groups). Results will either prove or disprove the common stereotype that the diminutive is characteristic of female speech and written discourse in Spanish CMD.

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

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     

12:00pm
  • [Variation in the Chilean 'voseo', 'tuteo', and 'ustedeo': Beyond social distribution]

    Time: 12:05pm - 12:20pm 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Variación en el voseo, tuteo y ustedeo chileno: más allá de la distribución social
    [Variation in the Chilean 'voseo', 'tuteo', and 'ustedeo': Beyond social distribution]

    Morris Gevirtz

    Since the work of Brown and Gilman 1960, the socio-pragmatic factors affecting the choice of personal deixis markers have been studied thoroughly. However, this research can be characterized as the study of forms of address in alternation- that is one term of address for each speaker in a given discursive situation. In this study we analyze the possible discursive motivations speakers have in choosing to use two or more of these forms in reference to the same interlocutor(s). The study is part of a growing body of research on pragmatic variation of person deixis. While our research shows the voseo forms are used among intimates as prior sociological research shows, the data suggest that the voseo is used in relation with irrealis statements, as a mitigator of face threatening acts, marks solidarity in invariant discourse markers such as cachái English: “you know.”

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

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     

  • [Questions and answers in 'Al Punto': An exploration of variation in TV political interview]

    Time: 12:20pm - 12:35pm 

    Place: Woodburn Hall 204

     

    Preguntas y respuestas 'Al Punto': Una exploración de variación en la entrevista política televisiva
    [Questions and answers in 'Al Punto': An exploration of variation in TV political interview]

    Ian Michalski

    El presente estudio utiliza la metodológica de Análisis de Conversación para explorar la variación discursiva de preguntas y respuestas en la entrevista política. Desde una perspectiva de la pragmática variacional se puede abordar la noción de la variación dentro de hacer preguntas y dar respuestas (Terkourafi, 2011). El estado actual del formato de la entrevista política, que se ha llegado a ser mucho más adversaria, especialmente inciertos programas, lo cual ofrece métodos nuevos de hacer preguntas que no se parecen al formato típico e histórico de la entrevista política (Clayman, 2001). Los datos analizados en este estudio provienen de una entrevista publicada en YouTube por el programa de entrevista política, Al Punto Con Jorge Ramos, entre el Senador Republican Marco Rubio y Jorge Ramos el anfitrión del programa. Dado la naturaliza controversial y no imparcial del programa las estrategias discursivas de pregunta/respuesta demuestran variación y representan una nueva evolución dentro de la entrevista política.

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

     

    In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

     




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