Article published in:The Functional Perspective on Language and Discourse: Applications and implications
Edited by María de los Ángeles Gómez González, Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco Gonzálvez-García and Angela Downing
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 247] 2014
► pp. 261–284
Strategies of (in)directness in Spanish speakers’ production of complaints and disagreements in English and Spanish
This article presents the results of a study carried out with Spanish University students on their use of strategies of (in)directness when expressing complaints, disapprovals and disagreements in English and Spanish. We adopt a role-play eliciting procedure for the collection of what a speaker thinks and what s/ he actually says in a given situation. Our results show a tendency to mitigate the actual words uttered with regard to the thought processes in both languages. However, while in English students show a preference for conventional indirectness, in Spanish there is a greater variation in the strategies employed. Thus, mitigation, especially in Spanish, is often realised by means of the co-occurrence of negative and positive politeness strategies across several speech acts, thus performing complex utterances. These results point at an awareness of students’ attempts to adapt to the model of indirectness that is assumed of the English culture, vs. the model of directness associated to the Spanish culture.
Published online: 16 May 2014
Alba Juez, Laura
2006 “Some Pragmatic Markers of Impoliteness in British English and Peninsular Spanish.” In A Pleasure of Life in Words. A Festschrift for Angela Downing , ed. by Marta Carretero, Laura Hidalgo Downing, Julia Lavid, Elena Martínez-Caro, Joanne Neff, Soledad Pérez de Ayala, and Esther Sánchez-Pardo, 403–420. Madrid: Complutense University of Madrid.
Ballesteros, Francisco José
2002 “Mecanismos de Atenuación en Español e Inglés. Implicaciones Pragmáticas en la Cortesía [Attenuation Mechanisms in Spanish and English: Pragmatic Implications for Politeness].” Círculo de Lingüística Aplicada a la Comunicación , 11. http://www.ucm.es/info/circulo/no11/ballesteros.htm. Accessed 2 June 2008.
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Blum-Kulka, Shoshana, Juliane House, and Gabriele Kasper
Brown, Penelope, and Stephen C. Levinson
Butler, Christopher S., and Joanna Channell
Butler, Christopher S.
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Escandell Vidal, María Victoria
Geluykens, Ronald and Anja Breuer
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