Self-praise in miroblogging

Dayter, Daria. (2014) Self-praise in miroblogging. Journal of Pragmatics, 61. pp. 91-102.

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Self-praise is a speech act that involves uttering a positive statement about oneself, and can thus be seen as a face-enhancing act directed at the speaker. At the same time, it is non-supportive to the hearer, and the assumption in the literature has been so far that self-praise is an interactionally delicate activity. The present study investigates the pragmatic strategies of self-praise performance in microblogging posts by ballet students. This group of users is seen as a community of practice engaged in the construction of a 'hero' identity, i.e. an image of a professional dancer who possesses necessary physical and sociolinguistic competence. Appropriateness of self-praise is contingent on the community of practice; self-praise centred around ballet-related attributes appears to be the norm in this community. Four attenuation strategies emerged in the data: self-praise plus disclaimer, self-praise plus shift of focus, self-praise plus self-denigration, and self-praise plus reference to hard work. Finally, self-enhancement on Twitter may be performed indirectly, by framing the speech act of self-praise as a third party complaint.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > English Linguistics (Locher)
UniBasel Contributors:Dayter, Daria
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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