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Full Title: Self-Presentation and Self-Praise

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Start Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 17-Jul-2017
Contact: Daria Dayter
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Meeting Description: Panel convenors: Daria Dayter (University of Basel), Els Tobback and Tom van Hout (University of Antwerp)

Self-praise (or boasting, bragging, self-elevation, positive disclosure…) is a speech act that aims to invoke a desired positive image of the speaker, and can thus be seen as a face-enhancing act directed at the speaker and non-supportive to the hearer (Dayter 2016). The assumption in literature has been mostly that self-praise is interactionally risky in bona fide discourse. However, there is very little research on self-praise from a linguistic perspective and the few empirical studies that exist seem to contradict the intuitions about the ‘social ban’ on self-praise (Underwood 2011, Wu 2011). For example, in certain genres such as job applications or interviews positive self-presentation is appropriate and expected (Holtgraves 1990, Jones et al. 1961).

This panel will involve a series of presenters whose work addresses linguistic self-disclosure and positive self-presentation in the widest variety of communicative contexts. The focus will be on evidence-based investigations devoted to the linguistic practices, strategies and interactional functions of self-presentation in autobiographical reporting on- and offline. With the participation of the contributors to this panel, we intend to investigate the ways in which people market themselves as a “personal brand” ( cf. Manning 2010, Page 2012, Gershon 2014) and present themselves as successful, enthusiastic, enterprising without losing credibility. An inalienable part of this research question is the influence of gender and cultural background on strategies used to maintain the balance between professional competence and personality, between credibility and persuasive strength in self-praising contexts.
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics
LL Issue: 27.2850

This is a session of the following meeting:
15th International Pragmatics Conference

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