James Murphy | University of the West of England | firstname.lastname@example.org
By looking at both apologies made in everyday conversation and those made by politicians in public, I aim in this paper to provide a full set of felicity conditions for the speech act of apology. I also discuss how refinements to previously proposed categories of apology strategies are needed to accurately describe how (British) politicians apologise. I endeavour to show that with these refinements, the speech act approach to apologies is applicable to those of a political nature, as well as those in everyday conversation. Using these developments I analyse how Members of the U.K. Parliament apologise for a variety of offences. This analysis shows that MPs make more fulsome apologies than the apologies found in everyday conversation. The type of offence has an effect on how an MP apologises, with apologies for financial irregularities being the more detailed and making use of more conventional strategies than other apologies.
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2008Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics. Ithica, NY: Cornell University Press.
1992A Sociopragmatic Contrastive Study of Repair Work in Austrian German and American English. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Vienna, Austria.
2019. The talk scandal as mediatized event and communicative resource in far-right populist talk. Discourse, Context & Media 29 ► pp. 100282 ff.
Randour, François, Julien Perrez & Min Reuchamps
2020. Twenty years of research on political discourse: A systematic review and directions for future research. Discourse & Society 31:4 ► pp. 428 ff.
Rieger, Caroline L.
2022. “I want a real apology”. Pragmatics. Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)► pp. 553 ff.
Sarfo-Kantankah, Kwabena Sarfo
2021. I withdraw and apologise but…: Ghanaian parliamentary apologies, the issue of sincerity and acceptance. Journal of Pragmatics 180 ► pp. 1 ff.
2017. Facework and (Im)politeness in Political Exchanges. In The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness, ► pp. 739 ff.
Yeung, Victoria Wai Lan & Roman David
2022. Apology mismatch: An experimental approach to Japan's apologies to Korea. Asian Journal of Social Psychology
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