Hate Speech in Online Polylogues

using examples of LGBT issues in Georgian computer-meditated discourse


  • Manana Rusieshvili-Cartledge Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
  • Rusudan Dolidze Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University




This research is the first attempt in Georgia to analyse hate speech emerging in Computer-Meditated Communication. Particular attention is paid to the polylogal, asynchronic remarks made by members of the public reacting to online newspaper articles or press releases concerning the LGPT pride event planned for 18 - 23 June 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The methodology is based on combining methods utilized in CDA and Genre Approach to (im)politeness which is in accord with the general approach to CMDA .

At the first stage of the analysis, the examples of hate-speech acts were analysed according to the following criteria: identification of linguistic means and strategies employed while expressing impoliteness and specificity of identity construction (self-asserted versus others -asserted, positive versus negative, roles of participants and strategies of conflict generation or management). Next, linguistic peculiarities of hate speech (for instance, linguistic triggers [threats, insults, sarcasm incitements], wordplay, taboo, swear and derogatory words, metaphors, allusions and similes) were identified and analysed.

Quantitative methodology was employed while stating the number of proponents and opponents of the event as well as statistical data referring to the number of linguistic and politeness strategies employed while expressing an opinion.

This research shows particular tendencies of how impoliteness can be realised and how social identities can be construed using the example of hate discourse concerning LGBT pride

in Georgia. However, to fully explore the genre properties of hate discourse in Georgia further research based on examples of hate-discourse strategies applied when discussing ethnic minorities and gender roles, is needed.




How to Cite

Rusieshvili-Cartledge, M., & Dolidze, R. (2021). Hate Speech in Online Polylogues: using examples of LGBT issues in Georgian computer-meditated discourse. FLEKS - Scandinavian Journal of Intercultural Theory and Practice, 7(1), 43–59. https://doi.org/10.7577/fleks.4171

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