A cognitive pragmatics of the phatic Internet

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Title: A cognitive pragmatics of the phatic Internet
Authors: Yus, Francisco
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: Emotions in phatic communication | Phatic effects | Internet-mediated communication | Relevance theory | Contextual constraints | Non-propositional effects
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Citation: Yus, Francisco (2019). “A cognitive pragmatics of the phatic Internet”. In: Mackenzie, J. Lachlan; Alba-Juez, Laura (Eds.). Emotion in Discourse. John Benjamins Publishing Company. (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series; 302). ISBN 9789027202390, pp. 161-187
Abstract: Phatic interpretations are typically defined as those arising from an intention to create and maintain ties and social bonds, rather than an intention to transfer substantive information. As such, they are not typical instances of communication in which the eventual relevance centers upon the value of explicitly communicated content. Nowadays we are witnessing the so-called phatic Internet, in which the propositional content transferred to other users is increasingly irrelevant but the effects that this content generates (in terms of emotions and feelings of connection, sociability, group membership, friends’ acknowledgment and mutual awareness, etc.) are utterly relevant. This chapter will argue that it is mainly the feelings and emotions that are generated from phatic interactions (as well as phatic implicatures) that demand an extension of the scope of analysis and new terminology. Specifically, the term phatic effects will be proposed and applied to Internet-mediated communication. These effects are devoid of the qualities of intentionality and propositionality but are nevertheless essential to understanding why many users spend hours exchanging (apparently) irrelevant content with one another through the Net.
Sponsor: The research done for this study has been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, through the EMO-FunDETT project (FFI2013–47792-C2–1-P).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/138340
ISBN: 9789027202390 | 9789027262776
DOI: 10.1075/pbns.302.07yus
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart
Rights: © John Benjamins Publishing Company
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.302.07yus
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