Face effects of verbal antagonism in online discussions

Title: Face effects of verbal antagonism in online discussions
Source document: Brno studies in English. 2014, vol. 40, iss. 1, pp. [65]-87
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    0524-6881 (print)
    1805-0867 (online)
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Based on a corpus of internet discussions on medical topics, this study examines a salient characteristic of the genre – the prevalence of aggressive verbal antagonism. Drawing on concepts of face, rapport management and relational work, I argue that the effects of verbally aggressive behaviour in this genre are not only destructive and anti-social, but also perform a constructive function, offering benefits both to individual speakers and to the discourse community as a whole. The analysis shows how speakers target different aspects of their opponents' face, deploying a range of face attack strategies (moves). The study then seeks to demonstrate how aggressive facework can help speakers construct and enhance their own face, as well as functioning as a stimulus to constructive relational work among participants.
This article is an output of the ESF-funded project "Posílení rozvoje Centra výzkumu odborného jazyka angličtiny a němčiny na Filozofické fakultě Ostravské univerzity" (OP Vzdělávání pro konkurenceschopnost, reg. no. CZ.1.07/
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