"Oops, I didn't mean to be so flippant". A corpus pragmatic analysis of apologies in blog data

Ursula Lutzky, Andrew Kehoe

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


This article studies the form oops and its function as an Illocutionary Force Indicating Device (IFID) signalling apologies in a corpus of blog posts and reader comments. The focus is on the adaptability of speech acts to online media and the implications for the formal choice of linguistic expressions beyond the prototypical examples of routinised apology IFIDs. Thus, this study takes a closer look at the pragmatic functions of oops in the Birmingham Blog Corpus, a diachronically-structured collection covering the period 2000–2010, to gain new insights into its use and distribution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27 - 36
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 602004 General linguistics
  • 602
  • 602011 Computational linguistics


  • Apology
  • Speech Act
  • Blogs
  • CMC
  • Collocation
  • corpus linguistics

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