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A pragmatics of intimacy

Marquez Reiter, R. and Frohlich, D. (2020) A pragmatics of intimacy Internet Pragmatics.

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Abstract

This study examines the ways in which multiple modern communication technologies facilitate, across time and space, the maintenance of a close interpersonal relationship between two best friends. The analysis, which focuses mainly on the openings and closings of the different types of communications, reveals a tendency for the friends to shorten openings and extend closings. However, this is possible only if the friends are fully aware of, and care about, the practical, social and emotional details of each other’s lives during periods of absence. The concomitant linguistic behaviours in their interpersonal interactions could be described as a kind of pragmatics of intimacy which cannot be achieved without the explicit and practical demonstration of that mutual care and concern.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Music and Media
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Marquez Reiter, R.R.Marquez-Reiter@surrey.ac.uk
Frohlich, D.D.Frohlich@surrey.ac.uk
Editors :
NameEmailORCID
Xie, Chaoqun
Yus, F.
Haberland, H.
Date : 27 January 2020
Funders : British Telecommunications plc (BT), UK Technology Strategy Board
DOI : 10.1075/ip.00044.mar
Grant Title : Knowledge Transfer Project
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2020 John Benjamins Publishing Company. This article is under copyright and that the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Intimacy; Technologies of mediation; Interactional presence; Interactional absence; Openings; Closeness; Pragmatics; Interpersonal relationship; Emotion
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 17 Aug 2018 09:45
Last Modified : 27 Feb 2020 14:58
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849006

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