Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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2019 Vol 12 Issue 64

Grebenshchikova T.A. Intentional approach towards defining a discursive community on the Internet

Full text in Russian:  Гребенщикова Т.А. Интенциональный подход к выделению дискурсивных сообществ в Интернете

Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science Institute of Psychology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

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The majority of authors consider discoursive community as a group whose members share common norms and goals and use common communication channel for its achieving. We analyzed virtual communities (N = 318, N = 158) and identified discoursive communities as different social groups. Network analysis applied to the online communities devoted to the political issues confirmed the scale-free graphs and revealed nodes with high degree as opinion leaders. The positive correlation was found between in- and out-degree communication activity. Using intent-analysis we defined criteria of discoursive communities, such as referential objects and speech intentions of distancing and consolidation. We defined 9 referential objects in both discoursive communities, such as “Authorities”, “Russia”, “Me”, “Interlocutor”, “community Politota”, “community Politics’, “Russians”, “Developed countries” and “Ukraine”. The group of speech intentions related to the distancing consists of criticizing, rejecting, accusing, expressing dissatisfaction, arguing, doubting, requesting evidence, dictating, satirizing, humiliating and other categories. Speech intentions of consolidation includes agreeing, defending, justifying, supporting, expressing sympathy, offering help, sharing, explaining, specifying and other categories. Reasoning is a speech intention that emerges in both contexts. We consider complex “referential object+speech intention” as communicant’s opinion. Members of opposite discoursive communities identify their allies and opponents in the dialogues and the conflicts shows the border between discoursive communities, but it’s not salient due to the participants with ambiguous views.

Key words: internet community, discoursive community, discourse, speech intentions, intent-analysis, group attitudes

The study was supported by the Ministry of Science and higher education of Russian Federation, project 0159-2019-0005


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Received 04 February 2019. Date of publication: 14 April 2019.

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Grebenschikova Taisia A. Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science Institute of Psychology of Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Yaroslavskaya, 13k1, 129366 Moscow, Russia.
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Grebenshchikova T.A. Intentional approach towards defining a discursive community on the Internet. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2019, Vol. 12, No. 64, p. 3. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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