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Title: The use and alignment of verbal amplifiers and comical hypotheticals as empathy-related behavior. Empirical evidence from interactional linguistics and psychology
Authors: Feyaerts, Kurt ×
Oben, Bert
Lackner, Helmut
Papousek, Ilona #
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
Series Title: Cognitive Linguistics
Abstract: This contribution focuses on two viewpoint phenomena, verbal amplifiers and comical hypotheticals, as they occur in a corpus of face-to-face interactions. Our research interest concerns both the occurrence and alignment of these phenomena in terms of mimicry behavior, but in order to be able to interpret our linguistic findings we also take psychological variables into account. As our data consists of male dyads of which the participants never met before the beginning of their conversation, our expectation was to witness an increase. These hypotheses derive from research in the fields of interactional linguistics (alignment), person psychology but also form studies in social neuroscience, in which various aspects of empathy within social behavior are explored. Empathy-related capacities pertain to the ability to share another’s feelings and appreciate other people’s thoughts, opinions and desires. Our study deals with the observation that the strength of empathic behavioral responses can be altered through the manipulation of interpersonal variables such as familiarity, relatedness and similarity. Within the set-up of our experimental design, this observation led us to assume that an increase of familiarity among the participants favors an increase of the use and alignment of empathy-related verbal behavior such as verbal amplifiers and comical hypotheticals.
ISSN: 0936-5907
Publication status: submitted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Multimodality, Interaction and Discourse, Campus Kulak Kortrijk
Linguistics Research Unit - miscellaneous
Multimodality, Interaction and Discourse, Leuven
Faculty of management and technology - UC Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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