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The interpersonal effects of complimenting others and self-praise in online health environments
Book Item (Buchkapitel, Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden)
ID 4598749
Author(s) Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse; Locher, Miriam A.
Author(s) at UniBasel Locher, Miriam
Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse
Year 2020
Title The interpersonal effects of complimenting others and self-praise in online health environments
Editor(s) Placencia, María Elena; Eslami, Zohreh R.
Book title Complimenting behaviour across social media: New contexts and emerging trends
Publisher John Benjamins
Place of publication Amsterdam
Pages 189-211
ISSN/ISBN 9789027207579 ; 9789027260727
Series title Pragatics & Beyond New Series
Number 313
Keywords interpersonal pragmatics, compliments, self-praise, forum, e-health
Abstract This article investigates the pragmatic functions of complimenting and self-praise in two UK social media forums about smoking cessation, and responses to these speech acts. We compare these insights with other related e-health contexts (advice column, anti-smoking websites). Adopting an interpersonal pragmatics perspective, we focus on how these speech acts are employed for relationship creation. Our findings suggest that complimenting and self-praise are pivotal discourse practices in the forums. The status of the posting quitter - as new, or as successfully quitting - appears to affect the topic of compliments, the functions of third-party compliments and the order in which it is acceptable for initial posters to use self-praise; additional interpersonal effects relate to the overarching purpose of improving one's lifestyle. In comparison to the peer-to-peer forum context, we find the number of compliments drastically reduced in the professional e-health contexts, which may be attributed to the set-up of practices. This paper adds to previous studies by exploring complimenting and self-praise in (e-health) social media.
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1075/pbns.313.08rud

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