Gender, Politeness and Pragmatic Particles in French

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This study aims to investigate politeness in women’s and men’s speech, with a particular focus on the use of c’est-à-dire, enfin, hein and quoi in contemporary spoken French. Politeness is defined as going beyond the notion of the face-threatening act, englobing both everyday ideas of politeness and the creation of sociability in face-to-face interaction.

The pragmatic particles studied are demonstrated to serve both psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic purposes: they lubricate reformulation and contribute to both sociability and social indexation.

The study, which combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, is based on a corpus of spontaneous spoken French, comprising 155,000 words, 95 interviews and subjects ranging in age from 7 to 88 years. The sample contains speakers from a broader range of educational backgrounds than is often the case: a butcher, a video-salesman and a toiletteur canin rub shoulders with counter assistants, teachers and doctors.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 104]  2002.  x, 251 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
vii
List of abbreviations
ix
1. Introduction
1–46
2. Discourse markers and pragmatic particles
47–61
3. Establishing and investigating a corpus of spoken French
63–77
4. The qualitative analysis
79–105
5. C’est-à-dire (que)
107–126
6. Enfin
127–152
7. Hein
153–177
8. Quoi
179–205
9. Conclusion
207–217
Appendix
219–221
References
223–240
Index
241–246
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
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