Blathering Beauties

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Investigations of Irish English have not ventured into cyberspace to any greatdegree so this chapter represents a preliminary exploration into the virtualuniverse of Irish English. A case-study approach is adopted, trawling data froman Irish beauty website,, and specifically the of this website. Here participants respond to items on the website, butalso interact with each other about a wide variety of topics. All comments arearchived with time of contribution and user name for each day’s ‘blather’, andso a database spanning several months of contributions was constructed. Theaim of the study is to first identify what types of pragmatic markers are usedin this conversational written genre and then to consider the function of suchmarkers, with particular focus on issues of stance and ‘conversational’ structure.


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