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By Miriam A. Locher

Suggestion on-line offers a complete learn of advice-giving in a single specific American net suggestion column, known as ‘Lucy Answers’. The discursive perform investigated is a part of a qualified and academic wellbeing and fitness software controlled by way of an American collage. The research offers insights into the linguistic cognizance of either soliciting for and giving recommendation in a written shape and hence provides to the literature on recommendation columns as a particular textual content style, on recommendation in overall healthiness care contexts, and on net verbal exchange. The e-book bargains a complete literature evaluate of recommendation in well-being encounters and different contexts, and makes use of this information as a foundation for comparability. recommendation on-line demonstrates how qualitative and quantitative learn equipment should be effectively mixed to reach at a complete research of a discursive perform. It offers crucial info on advice-giving for researchers, teachers and scholars within the fields of (Internet) communique, media stories, pragmatics, social psychology and counseling. well-being educators who paintings for suggestion columns or use comparable varieties of conversation also will enjoy the insights received during this learn.

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The mission of ‘Lucy Answers’ is clearly defined and declares that it operates in the framework of this health education program. The main target readership consists of college students from the home university (AEI), but due to its public Internet appearance, this advice column is accessible to other people as well. Its design is more interactive than a print advice column, since the archive which contains all previously answered problem letters and their answers is an integral part of the site.

Supportive interchanges (category 3) made up 44 percent of all discursive moves and were thus the largest discourse category. Within this category, empathy and support ranged higher than gratitude, normalization or humor. Growth-promoting interchanges (category 4) were rare indeed and punitive interchanges (category 5) made up only 5 percent of all discursive moves. Overall, Miller and Gergen (1998: 198) observe for their data that “[t]he vast preponderance of network interchange is in the areas of self-revelation (or help-seeking) on the one hand, and empathic and encouraging responses on the other”.

First they distinguished between mother-initiated advice and health visitorinitiated advice. Mother-initiated advice was relatively infrequent and could take the form of a direct and straightforward request, which generally took the pattern of question-answer sequences. Often mothers preferred to display certain knowledge in the problem area. This was frequently achieved through the use of ‘closed’ questions (yes/no), where the health visitor “is merely invited to confirm the viewpoint embedded in the mother’s enquiry” (1992: 371).

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