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Power eliciting elements at the semantic-pragmatic interface. Data from cyberbullying and virtual character-assassination attempts

  • Power, in this article, is to be understood as an instrument of force that is imposed purposely in order to influence, affect or persuade others. The question here is whether such power is due to aggressive expressions (lexical level) or to context-dependent aspects (discourse level) that become relevant when insulting persons via new media. I will distinguish between “cyberbullying” as an attempt to hurt a persons feelings directly via personal SMS or email and “virtual character assassination attempts” that include third parties as an audience. Potential readers not directly involved are considered a constitutive eliciting element of power. It is assumed that their existence is even more important and effective (in terms of strengthening the perpetrators power) than aggressive language.

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Author:Konstanze Marx
Parent Title (English):The Expression of Inequality in Interaction. Power, dominance, and status
Series (Serial Number):Pragmatics & beyond : new series (248)
Place of publication:Amsterdam/Philadelphia
Editor:Hanna Pishwa, Rainer Schulze
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2014
Date of Publication (online):2016/11/09
First Page:143
Last Page:162
Dieser Beitrag ist aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen online nicht frei zugänglich.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:nein
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt