Chapter 5. Dialogic voices of writers and readers in traveller forums through interpersonality

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This study explores web-based discourse genres and applies a dialogic frameworkto the study of interpersonality in traveller forums. This genre belongs tothe domain of travel and tourism, where the interaction of writers-readers leadstowards its ultimate purpose: to persuade others through positive or negativeopinions. The theory of Dialogic Action Games (Weigand 2008, 2009, 2010)aids to understand its rationale since these dialogic interactions can be seen asan application of Weigand’s principles (2010), in this case materialized throughinterpersonal markers (Vande Kopple 1985; Crismore et al. 1993). A corpus oftraveller forums (180 threads of conversation) from Trip Advisor was compiledand analyzed. The quantitative and qualitative analyses draw on the notionof voice (White 2003; Hyland 2008), divided into writer’s stance and reader’sengagement. This research shows that they are encoded in a number of interpersonalmarkers which participate in the genre’s rhetorical characterization.


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