Freedom Of Expression: The Case Of Mitigating And Aggravating Imposition


The case of linguistic imposition is of great importance in all spheres of communication. Internet communication in the form of comments allows users to a) hide their identity either in being an unauthorized user or pretending to be a different kind of user; b) freely communicate to people of different ages, social status and other social characteristics. This allows breaking conventional rules of politeness. Thus the issue of mitigating and aggravating communicative imposition within Internet communication is studied on the basis of a Russian talk-show ‘Sunday night with Vladimir Solovyov’. A total of 5000 comments were analyzed using a continuous sampling approach; later, pragmatic analysis was applied to identify the most productive strategies of aggravating and mitigating behaviors. Among most productive aggravating techniques are you-communication, rude vocabulary, allusion to physiological processes, derogatory diminutives (both in lexis and semantics). Productive mitigating means are lexemes with positive evaluation, inclusive we and lexical/semantic means expressing the idea of solidarity. The results indicate the prospects of further research: study of mitigation and aggravation in regional blogs and in blogs of certain people where commentators are supposed to know each other at least virtually; another prospect is to identify how the topic of an Internet post influences the quality of comments.

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31 March 2022

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Kozhukhova, I. V., & Chelak, E. A. (2022). Freedom Of Expression: The Case Of Mitigating And Aggravating Imposition. In & I. Savchenko (Ed.), Freedom and Responsibility in Pivotal Times, vol 125. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 21-28). European Publisher.