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Rituals of outspokenness and verbal conflict

Kádár, Daniel Z. and De la Cruz, Melvin (2016) Rituals of outspokenness and verbal conflict. Pragmatics and Society, 7 (2). pp. 265-290. ISSN 1878-9714

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Abstract

This study examines rituals of outspokenness, by analysing cases drawn from the US hidden camera show, Primetime: What Would You Do? Studying ritualistic behaviour in cases when bystanders become side participants as they stand up for victims of abuse fills a knowledge gap in pragmatics. A further merit of studying this phenomenon is that it provides insight into the reactive aspect of ritual behaviour, which is usually described in the field as a form of action rather than reaction. Furthermore, examining the morally loaded acts of rituals of outspokenness reveals the potentially complex relationship between aggression and normative behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2015 11:36
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2016 12:03
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/23070

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