Article published in:ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics
Vol. 89/90 (1990) ► pp. 1–23
Politeness Formulas in English and Arabic
A Contrastive Study
To be familiar with the kinds of formulaic expressions used by speakers of a language as markers of politeness, is a knowledg which is indispensable to the acquisition of communicative competence in lan-guage. Such expressions can present many pitfalls for the learner who is not fully aware of their conditions of use. A failure to grasp the often subtle differences between first language and target language formulas can lead to serious misunderstandings and misjudgements.
Published online: 01 January 1990
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