Competitive verbal interaction in online minute-by-minute match reports

Author: Chovanec, Jan
Source document: Brno studies in English. 2008, vol. 32, iss. 1, pp. [23]-35
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This article analyses competitive verbal interaction between commentators and readers/other commentators in online minute-by-minute match reports. The text of MBMs frequently quotes other voices, which are conventionally reacted to by the commentator. The dialogism has a competitive nature, with the commentator striving to top the readers through humour or criticism. Such interpersonal gossip is linked with the non-serious elements of male discourse, and is explained as a strategy of synthetic personalisation.
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