Directives in YouTube: An Investigation on the Commentary of a Language Instructional Video
Time: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 11:35am - 11:50am
Place: Woodburn Hall 204
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)
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