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    “Tu masssss ❤ te amo”: responding to compliments on Instagram among Ecuadorian teenage girls

    Placencia, Maria Elena and Powell, H. (2020) “Tu masssss ❤ te amo”: responding to compliments on Instagram among Ecuadorian teenage girls. In: Placencia, Maria Elena and Eslami, Z.R. (eds.) Complimenting Behavior and (Self-)Praise across Social Media: New contexts and new insights. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 313. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins, pp. 99-120. ISBN 9789027207579.

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    Complimenting behavior within a group of Ecuadorian teenage girls on Instagram was examined by Placencia (2019). Using the same corpus, in the present study we consider the responses to compliments offered. These responses, while short, are remarkably complex, containing both text and images (emojis) and indeed textual stand-ins for paralinguistic cues such as laughter. Responses were grouped according to Holmes’s (1986) taxonomy and the data shows a distinct preference for accepting compliments given (97%), with fewer sub-strategies used compared to other studies. These results are considered in the context of the type of photos examined and the overall function that Instagram appears to fulfil for the group of teenagers in this study. Beyond what might be termed the basic strategies of accepting or rejecting compliments, we also look at the rich and varied sub-strategies used by the girls in this Instagram community, which they employ to express solidarity and show modesty when accepting compliments.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): compliment responses, social media, Instagram, emojis, teenage talk, Spanish, Ecuadorian Spanish, social networking sites
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Maria Elena Placencia
    Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2021 10:15
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:48


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