*Sings myself happy birthday*: Externalizing and reassuming self in virtual performatives

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Publikationens författare: Tuija Virtanen
Förläggare: John Benjamins
Förlagsort: Amsterdam
Publiceringsår: 2018
Tidskrift: International Journal of Language and Culture
Tidskriftsakronym: ijolc
Volym: 5
Nummer: 2
Artikelns första sida, sidnummer: 248
Artikelns sista sida, sidnummer: 270


Abstrakt

This paper explores linguistic egocentrism in English through the lens
of virtual performatives, i.e. self-referential stand-alone predications
in the third person singular present tense through which users perform
virtual action or emotion. The focus is on microblogging for apparently
recreational purposes, where visibility, rather than reciprocity, must
be a primary concern. Findings show that the common or garden virtual
performative consistently relying on an externalized self occasionally
turns into a variant where the self is subsequently reassumed, and then
again possibly re-externalized within the same construction. The
syntactic and discursive systematicity manifest in these constructions
forbids treating them as erroneous. The paper discusses the benefits of
this way of externalizing and optionally reassuming self, through
fluctuation between third-person and first-person references, and
touches upon metapragmatic awareness and logophoricity. In creating
digital culture, virtual performatives point to users’ pragmatic
adaptation of their public, social self to environments manifesting a
high degree of context collapse.


Nyckelord

externalized self, microblogging, pronouns, reassumed self, virtual performative

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