Presentation Title

I have nothing against homosexuals but…’: Discursive construction of homophobia on a French discussion forum

Presenter Name

Simo Maatta
Samuel Vernet

Presenter Title/Affiliation

Helsinki University; Université Aix-Marseille

Start Date

22-5-2021 10:30 AM

Event Name

Panel discussion

Panel Number

11

Panel Chair Name

Denis Provencher

Zoom URL to Join

https://ciis.zoom.us/j/99403490497

Zoom Meeting ID

994 0349 0497

Abstract

Online discussion forums constitute an important source of data for critical analyses of discourse because they provide examples of the materialization of ideologies and circulation of discourses in everyday language use. Thus, the analysis of online discussion forums may help us gain a better understanding of the linguistic and rhetoric construction of discriminatory discourses, such as homophobia.

In this talk, I will analyze online posts in reaction to a French Youtube video related to homophobia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aADCpfgad8). The video is a replay of the TV show Homophobie : stop à la vague de haine ! (“Homophobia, stop the hate wave,” duration 1 hour 3 minutes), broadcast on the French television channel France 2 on January 11, 2019. In this program, lesbians and gay men tell about their everyday experiences of homophobia. The video was posted on Youtube on January 18, 2019. The data were collected on May 23, 2019, and consist of 410 posts (posts removed by the moderator were not counted).

The analysis focuses on the linguistic and rhetoric devices used in the construction of homophobia and the strategies used to resist it in randomly selected sub-threads of the discussion. These techniques include speech and thought representation, intertextual and translational links to other texts, and intersectional links to discourses beyond the discussion forum, including topoi and the syntactic structures through which they are materialized in the posts. While the analysis is mainly qualitative, it is based on a quantitative analysis of the most important linguistic and rhetoric features present in the discussion.

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I have nothing against homosexuals but…’: Discursive construction of homophobia on a French discussion forum

Online discussion forums constitute an important source of data for critical analyses of discourse because they provide examples of the materialization of ideologies and circulation of discourses in everyday language use. Thus, the analysis of online discussion forums may help us gain a better understanding of the linguistic and rhetoric construction of discriminatory discourses, such as homophobia.

In this talk, I will analyze online posts in reaction to a French Youtube video related to homophobia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aADCpfgad8). The video is a replay of the TV show Homophobie : stop à la vague de haine ! (“Homophobia, stop the hate wave,” duration 1 hour 3 minutes), broadcast on the French television channel France 2 on January 11, 2019. In this program, lesbians and gay men tell about their everyday experiences of homophobia. The video was posted on Youtube on January 18, 2019. The data were collected on May 23, 2019, and consist of 410 posts (posts removed by the moderator were not counted).

The analysis focuses on the linguistic and rhetoric devices used in the construction of homophobia and the strategies used to resist it in randomly selected sub-threads of the discussion. These techniques include speech and thought representation, intertextual and translational links to other texts, and intersectional links to discourses beyond the discussion forum, including topoi and the syntactic structures through which they are materialized in the posts. While the analysis is mainly qualitative, it is based on a quantitative analysis of the most important linguistic and rhetoric features present in the discussion.

https://digitalcommons.ciis.edu/lavlang/2021/saturday/12