A Pragmatics of Intimacy

Marquez Reiter, Rosina and Frohlich, David M. (2020). A Pragmatics of Intimacy. Internet Pragmatics (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/ip.00044.mar

Abstract

This study examines the ways in which multiple modern communication technologies facilitate, across time and space, the maintenance of a close interpersonal relationship between two best friends. The analysis, which focuses mainly on the openings and closings of the different types of communications, reveals a tendency for the friends to shorten openings and extend closings. However, this is possible only if the friends are fully aware of, and care about, the practical, social and emotional details of each other’s lives during periods of absence. The concomitant linguistic behaviours in their interpersonal interactions could be described as a kind of pragmatics of intimacy which cannot be achieved without the explicit and practical demonstration of that mutual care and concern.

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