A CMD [Computer-Mediated Discourse] and Contrastive Pragmatics Approach to the Study of Personals Ads from Mexico City and London
Time: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 11:05am - 11:20am
Place: Woodburn Hall 204
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)
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