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Self and Other in Dialogue

Romance Studies on Discourse and Interaction

Edited By Johan Gille and Coco Norén

This volume contains a collection of papers which deal with Romance linguistics from the perspective of discourse and interaction. Some contributions cover areas such as spoken corpora, speech and linguistic description, and phonetic aspects of speech. Others focus on multimodality, pragmatics, and conversation and discourse, and there are also contributions which deal with speech and sociolinguistics, and speech in multilingualism/bilingualism. This volume is multilingual, containing as it does contributions written in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

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Risposte ai complimenti su Facebook: La pratica e la pragmatica (Chiara Meluzzi / Marina Castagneto)


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Chiara Meluzzi, Marina Castagneto1,

Risposte ai complimenti su Facebook: La pratica e la pragmatica


This paper deals with Italian compliment responses (henceforth, CR) elicited on the social network Facebook. It is worth to note that this paper represents a first attempt to analyze the stylistic variation of CRs in Italian on social networks. The main aim of the analysis is to highlight similarities and differences in responding to compliments related to physical attributes, both intrinsic (eyes, hair), and transient (look, haircut), in virtual and natural communication, by comparing Facebook CRs to Castagneto & Ravetto’s corpus. The analysis will also show which CR strategy is preferred on Facebook, by also emphasizing a possible “danger-scale” of compliments based on the provided responses. Finally, it will be discussed how the different textual typologies allowed on Facebook interact with the pragmatic strategies of CRs, in particular as concerns the so-called “like” strategy.

1.  Introduzione

1.1  Complimenti: definizione e classificazione

I complimenti sono stati considerati da Kerbrat-Orecchioni (1987, 5) come un “regalo verbale” che consiste nella espressione di una ammirazione personale o in una valutazione positiva dell’oggetto complimentato. Secondo la definizione di Holmes il complimento sarebbe «a speech act which explicitly or implicitly attributes credit to someone other than the speaker, usually the person addressed, for some ‘good’ which is positively valued by the speaker and the hearer» (1986, 185–6). Cos...

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