الإصدار التاسع: 6 أكتوبر 2020
من مجلة الشرق الأوسط للنشر العلمي

Compliment patterns in English and Arabic on Facebook

Ihab Ghosheh

Abstract

Users of social media have been able to establish and maintain relationships not only within their local and intimate networks of friends and family, but also with networks of professionals and celebrities. By analyzing data from Facebook, the aim of this paper is to examine the syntactic and lexical patterns of Facebook compliments in English and Arabic, and to examine the influence of addressing a public figure on these patterns. While research on face-to-face compliments has been quite abundant (e.g. Wolfson 1981, Migdadi, 2003; Riesberg 2000, Allami & Montazeri 2011), few studies have tackled compliments on social media platforms (e.g. Maíz-Arévalo 2013, Eslami & Jabbari & Kuo 2015), and research on social media compliments in relation to social dynamics is still scarce (e.g. Placencia & Lower 2013), with no study of Arabic compliments on such platforms. Two sets of data were collected in both languages: The first set includes compliments among family and friends while the second includes compliments addressed to a public figure. Results show there is no significant influence on the compliment patterns when addressing a public figure. The only difference is in the distribution of compliment patterns even within one language

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