This paper examines instances of address in European Portuguese and how these may connect to impoliteness in computer-mediated communication (CMC), namely online polylogues comprised of publicly-available commentaries left on Portuguese online newspapers in response to articles pertaining to the European Union. The paper posits an inclusive notion of address which takes into account the particular features of the medium and finds it to be heavily relational and complex, and resorting to both negotiated and conventional forms. Drawing from previous research on online impoliteness in polylogues, the paper examines impoliteness online and its intersections with address. Its main findings are that impoliteness does not seem to be a paramount communicative goal of participants and that, despite some coherent fit with address, the interaction between both is residual. It is the complexity of online address which conveys the heavily interpersonal, relational character of Portuguese CMC.
- European Portuguese