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Social media platforms afford a window into the fast-paced and ever-changing world of public opinion. The language used in such outlets allows us to interrogate strategies used for constructing different discourse perspectives. In this paper, we investigate links between grammatical constructions (directives) and politeness strategies to express speaker stance in a large corpus of Twitter posts related to Covid19 in New Zealand. The overall aims of the project are to document an under-studied construction (directives) in a sizeable naturally occurring dataset, and to probe the extent to which we see patterns matching linguistic usage with discursive goals.
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