'You dribble faster than Messi and jump higher than Jordan': The art of complimenting and praising in political discourse

Zohar Kampf*, Roni Danziger

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Communicating admiration and appreciation in public discourse are two important tasks for political actors who wish to secure relationships and advance models for civic behavior. Our goal in this study is to understand how political actors signal their desire to please addressees and advance political sociability by way of manifesting positive judgment towards others. On the basis of 241 utterances praising and complimenting others' words and deeds, we identify the topics, patterns, and functions of these speech acts and the processes and struggles they evoke in Israeli public discourse. We conclude by discussing the role of positive evaluations in demarcating the boundaries of proper conduct in political communities and the ways the distinctive logic of politics is integrated with specific cultural speaking styles in influencing how members of the Israeli political community signal their appreciation and affect for other members' skills, performances, and personalities.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Politeness Research
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2019

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.

Keywords

  • Solidarity
  • complimenting
  • political discourse
  • political speech acts
  • praising

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