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Online peer-to-peer advice in Spanish Yahoo!Respuestas

Placencia, Maria Elena (2012) Online peer-to-peer advice in Spanish Yahoo!Respuestas. In: Limberg, H. and Locher, M. (eds.) Advice in Discourse. Pragmatics & Beyond 221. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 281-306. ISBN 9789027256263.

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Abstract

Combining an ethnographic with a discourse analytic approach, the aim of this study is to offer a snapshot of peer-to-peer advice-giving online in Yahoo!Respuestas (YR). I first look at some features that the site shares with classical advice columns (online) as well as a number of features that differentiate the site from those columns. I highlight the hybrid nature of YR as a type of information/advisory service as well as a recreational site that allows people to pursue different social and individual goals. Based on a sample corpus in Spanish, I then examine the discursive moves that make up the macro speech act of advising in the domain belleza y estilo ‘beauty and style’, as well as how YR users attend to the interpersonal relationship in this particular domain. More specifically, I focus on advisors’ use of strategies that convey (dis)affiliation with the advice seeker, making the interaction friendly, matter-of-fact or possibly even antagonistic. (Dis)affiliation strategies can be realized through different discursive moves and by means of different linguistic and other mechanisms (e.g. smilies) employed in the management of interpersonal relationships (online). I find that a good number of users, whatever their motivation for using the site, engage in advice-giving in a friendly way, and only a few adopt an uncooperative or antagonistic stance. For this study I draw on works on advice-giving (cf. Miller and Gergen 1998; Locher 2006; Morrow 2006; Harrison and Barlow 2009), politeness (cf. Spencer-Oatey [2000] 2008) and computer-mediated communication (cf. Markham 1998; Yus 2010).

Item Type: Book Section
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): advice, computer-mediated discourse, advice columns, advice online, affiliation, disaffiliating
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Iberian and Latin American Studies
Depositing User: Dr María Elena Placencia
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2012 09:20
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4903

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