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Metalanguaging as resistance: The socially-mediated rejection of public apologies in the wake of #MeToo
Karlstads universitet, Fakulteten för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap (from 2013), Institutionen för språk, litteratur och interkultur (from 2013). (Kulturvetenskapliga forskargruppen)ORCID-id: 0000-0002-0680-4275
2019 (Engelska)Konferensbidrag, Muntlig presentation med publicerat abstract (Refereegranskat)
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The aim of this paper is to investigate how local negotiations of linguistic normativity form part of a structure of civic engagement or political participation in today's socially mediated publics. The public apology is a discursive genre that has received much folk linguistic attention in public debate (e.g., Ancarno, 2015), especially in the wake of the #MeToo movement of 2017–2018. Several prominent examples of such public apologies have been characterized as empty apologies, pseudo apologies, or, simply, "non-apologies" (cf. Kampf, 2009). This paper presents a case study for a larger project focusing on metapragmatic negotiations and contestations in the reception of public apologies as non-apologies in social media spaces. While the larger project will mainly focus on post-#MeToo cases, this paper addresses a prominent ‘portal case,’ namely Donald Trump’s “Pussygate” apology video, which was published in October of 2016 on Trump’s Facebook page. The paper presents analyses of Twitter conversations (i.e. conversational reply-chains) about this apology video from the days immediately following its release, with a microanalytic (Giles et al., 2015) focus on how metalinguistic notions of real versus non-apologies are articulated in informal public discourse. Negotiations of the Trump video’s merits as an apology are rarely only that, but rather tend to be interwoven with affectively charged ideological positionings – in relation to party politics, progressivism, feminism, and more. Through articulating notions such as non-apology, social media interactants are in effect practicing a kind of layperson’s critical discourse analysis.

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Studier av enskilda språk Jämförande språkvetenskap och allmän lingvistik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71574OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-71574DiVA, id: diva2:1297366
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CDSMR 2019, Critical Digital and Social Media Research, 6–8 March 2019, Umeå, Sweden
Tillgänglig från: 2019-03-19 Skapad: 2019-03-19 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-03-22Bibliografiskt granskad

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