Interactive Patterns in Humorous Messaging Interactions: a Contrastive Analysis of Spanish (WhatsApp) and Chinese (WeChat) Users

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Title: Interactive Patterns in Humorous Messaging Interactions: a Contrastive Analysis of Spanish (WhatsApp) and Chinese (WeChat) Users
Authors: Yus, Francisco | Hu, Xiaolin
Research Group/s: Inglés Profesional y Académico (IPA) | INTERCULTURALIDAD, COGNICIÓN, INTERPRETACIÓN, TRADUCCIÓN Y ORGANIZACIÓN de la interacción comunicativa (INCOGNITO)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Keywords: Instant messaging | WhatsApp | WeChat | Interface affordances | Humorous interactions | Messaging humour | Emoji
Issue Date: 5-Oct-2023
Publisher: Brill
Citation: Contrastive Pragmatics. 2023.
Abstract: In Yus (2022a, 2022b), a corpus of humorous interactions on the messaging app WhatsApp was analysed, aiming to isolate their recurrent turn-taking variations. The analysis yielded several patterns depending on the quality of the first turn in the messaging conversation: (a) humorous text, (b) humorous text plus emoji, (c) non-humorous text, (d) non-humorous text plus emoji, (e) image, (f) image plus humorous text; (g) image plus non-humorous text; and (h) video. The objective of the present study is to compare these humorous interactions with those carried out in a different cultural environment (China), and a different messaging application (WeChat). The analysis will first focus on the (dis)similarities in the “interface affordances” of these two applications and then will address the ways in which the users from these cultures (Spain, China) carry out their humorous messaging interactions.
Sponsor: This paper has been funded by the research projects PID2019-104980GB-I00 “El humor interaccional en español. Géneros orales, escritos y tecnológicos” (MICINN, AEI) (2020–24) and PROMETEO/2021/079 “Etiquetaje pragmático para un observatorio de la identidad de mujeres y hombres a través del humor. La plataforma” (Generalitat Valenciana, Spain) (2021–24).
ISSN: 2666-0385 (Print) | 2666-0393 (Online)
DOI: 10.1163/26660393-00001060
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © Francisco Yus and Xiaolin Hu, 2023. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 license
Peer Review: si
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