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    Compliments and compliment responses on Facebook : a variational pragmatics comparison of young Quiteño and Andalusian men

    Lower, Amanda Laurene (2020) Compliments and compliment responses on Facebook : a variational pragmatics comparison of young Quiteño and Andalusian men. PhD thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.

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    This thesis analyzes compliments and compliment responses among young men on Facebook from a variational pragmatics perspective. This intralingualstudycompares Ecuadorian (Quito) and Peninsular (Andalusia) Spanish, while controlling for macrosocial factors such as age, sex, and region. In past compliment literature, men have largely been ignored; this study aims to redress this imbalance. This thesis provides the first comprehensive picture of how men behave in all aspects of complimenting and receiving compliments, including: the topics and syntactic patterns of compliments (including lexical elements used), rate of compliment responses and the forms they take, supportive elements used in compliments and compliment responses.Contrary to expectations, both groups of men were found to give many compliments on a variety of topics, but with particular focus on appearance and ability, thus conforming to previous compliment studies involving women. Men often deployed simple syntactic patterns for realizing compliments, similar to past findings relating to women. Both groups of men gave compliments to each other on the subject of friendship, and Ecuadorian men particularly used implicit forms of compliments to realize those compliments. Spanish men also used implicit compliments frequently, but most often in relation to appearance. In addition to offering a new perspective on compliment and compliment response studies (men), this study has developed a new methodology for collecting, storing, and coding online data. This methodology allows for handling the vast amounts of data available in online contexts.


    Item Type: Thesis
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    Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2021 12:15
    Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:52


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