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LINGUIST List 17.2400

Fri Aug 25 2006

Books: Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics: Locher

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Advice Online: Locher

Message 1: Advice Online: Locher
Date: 15-Aug-2006
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Advice Online: Locher

Title: Advice Online
Subtitle: Advice-giving in an American Internet health column
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 149

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P%

Author: Miriam A. Locher, University of Bern

Hardback: ISBN: 9027253927 Pages: 277 Price: U.S. $ 138.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027253927 Pages: 277 Price: Europe EURO 115.00


Advice Online presents a comprehensive study of advice-giving in one
particular American Internet advice column, referred to as 'Lucy Answers.'
The discursive practice investigated is part of a professional and
health program managed by an American university. The study provides
insights into the linguistic realization of both asking for and giving advice in
written form and thus adds to the literature on advice columns as a specific
text genre, on advice in health care contexts, and on Internet

The book offers a comprehensive literature review of advice in health
encounters and other contexts, and uses this knowledge as a basis for
comparison. Advice Online demonstrates how qualitative and quantitative
research methods can be successfully combined to arrive at a
comprehensive analysis of a discursive practice. It provides essential
information on advice-giving for researchers, academics and students in
fields of (Internet) communication, media studies, pragmatics, social
psychology and counseling. Health educators who work for advice columns
or use similar forms of communication will also benefit from the insights
gained in this study.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix-x
List of tables and figures xi-xv
Introduction 1-5
Material description: 'Lucy Answers', an American Internet advice column 9-
Literature review on advice 21-49
Research questions 51-56
The content structure of the response letters and the realization of advice
Aspects of relational work in the response letters 113-151
The personal and public dimension of advice-giving in the response letters
Lucy's voice: Constructing the identity of an expert advice-giver 181-205
The problem letters by the anonymus advice-seekers 207-244
Factors constituting the discursive practice in 'Lucy Answers' 249-257
Notes 259-264
Appendix: Sample of an XML file 265-266
References 267-273
Index 275-277

"This is a well-written, well-executed and thought-provoking book that
displays great skill and sensitivity in the analysis of the discursive practices
of advice-giving. It is particularly valuable in being the first book-length
study of its kind on Internet discourse and is a top quality synthesis of
highly pleasing originality and first class scholarship."
Richard J. Watts, University of Berne

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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