Linguistic Politeness in Britain and Uruguay

Linguistic Politeness in Britain and Uruguay

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The first well-researched contrastive pragmatic analysis of requests and apologies in British English and Uruguayan Spanish. It takes the form of a cross-cultural corpus-based analysis using male and female native speakers of each language and systematically alternating the same social variables in both cultures. The data are elicited from a non-prescriptive open role-play yielding requests and apologies. The analysis of the speech acts is based on an adaptation of the categorical scheme developed by Blum-Kulka et al. (1989). The results show that speakers of English and Spanish differ in their choice of (in)directness levels, head-act modifications, and the politeness types of males and females in both cultures. Reference to an extensive bibliography and the thorough discussion of methodological issues concerning speech act studies deserve the attention of students of pragmatics as well as readers interested in cultural matters.The CCS ARP collected requests and apologies in a number of languages through the use of a discourse completion test (DCT) discussed in Section 3.4.4 of this chapter. ... Requests are made up of two parts, the core request or head act and the various peripheral elements. ... In their coding manual they explain that a#39;by directness is meant the degree to which the speakera#39;s illocutionary intent is apparentanbsp;...

Title:Linguistic Politeness in Britain and Uruguay
Author:Rosina Márquez-Reiter
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2000-01-01


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