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Wartościowanie w internetowych komentarzach do artykułów prasowych dotyczących stosunków niemiecko-polskich. Próba analizy pragmalingwistycznej
Evaluation in Internet comments on press articles concerning German-Polish relations. An attempt at pragma-linguistic analysis

Author(s): Mariusz Jakosz
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: evaluative statement; stereotype; insult; depreciation
Summary/Abstract: The subject of the following monograph is strategies for expression of ethnic evaluative statements in Internet comments on press articles concerning German-Polish relations. The comments appeared in Internet forums of German daily and weekly newspapers, including: “Die Welt”, “Die Zeit”, “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and “Bild-Zeitung”. The research period comprised the years from 2009 to 2013, which were dominated by political events and media coverage prompting Internet users to be extremely active. In their comments often emerged acts of speech negatively evaluating Polish characteristics and ways of behaving. The analysis of German comments is based on a critical discourse analysis. On that basis, an attempt will be made at answering the following questions: 1. What linguistic resources are used to call the Polish people? 2. What characteristics are ascribed to Poles? 3. What arguments serve to justify discrimination against Poles? 4. From what perspective are the pejorative terms relating to Poles and Poland formed? 5. Are evaluative statements about Poland and Poles expressed directly or obliquely? Are they amplified or rather toned down? The analysis of the collected material allows us to distinguish the following evaluation strategies in Internet comments: simplification and/or generalization of views, categorization of ethnic features, emotionalization based on the opposition „we – they”, and positive auto-presentation of one’s own group and depreciation of a foreign group.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-8012-841-5
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-8012-840-8
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: Polish