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Full Title: Complimenting Behaviour in Social Media

Location: Belfast, Ireland
Start Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Contact: Zohreh Eslami
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Panel for IPRA Conference 2017 (Belfast, 16-21 July 2017)

Panel Organizers:
María Elena Placencia (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
Anupam Das (Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, India)
Zohreh Eslami (Texas A&M, USA)

Complimenting behaviour in social media
IPrA 2017 Conference Panel (Belfast, 16-21 July 2017)

Complimenting is a commonplace activity that can fulfil a range of discoursal, instrumental, relational and other functions (cf. Golato, 2011; Jaworski, 1995; Kerbrat-Orecchioni, 1994; Sifianou, 2001; Wolfson & Manes, 1980). There is a wealth of research on the realization of compliments and compliment responses in different languages and sociocultural contexts in relation to face-to-face interactions (see Chen, 2010, for an overview). However, not much attention has been given to online environments, and social media, in particular, where complimenting is a conversational resource of widespread use; indeed, in recent years, its (mis)use in some situations has been the object of heated debate in the press, blogs and social media (cf. Quinn, 8 Sep 2015). Interesting findings are emerging from recent work on compliments and compliment responses on SNSs sites such as Orkut (Das, 2010) and Facebook (cf. Das, work-in-progress; Eslami, Jabbari, & Kuo, 2015; Maíz Arévalo & García Gómez, 2013; Placencia & Lower, 2013; Placencia, Lower, & Powell, in press). Nonetheless, there is still a great deal to be explored in relation to Facebook and other sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace, Tumblr and Instagram: for example, how complimenting behaviour is shaped by technology and whether SNSs and globalization processes are bringing about homogenized behaviour (Sifianou, 2013); the objects of compliments and the form that compliments take in these new environments, including the use of multimodality; the functions compliments fulfil, who compliments who, how compliments are perceived by different groups and how compliments are responded to (or not). The aim of this panel is thus to advance our understanding of complimenting behavior in social media as well as to contribute to the discussion of methodological issues and challenges in the examination of this mundane activity online.
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics
LL Issue: 27.2806

This is a session of the following meeting:
15th International Pragmatics Conference

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