Linguistic Politeness in Britain and Uruguay

A contrastive study of requests and apologies

| The University of Surrey
ISBN 9789027251022 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781588110152 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027298935 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 83]  2000.  xviii, 225 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“[...] the book is very interesting and very easy to read despite the statistically quantitative approach adopted (and rightly to) in the book. It does show, for the first time, how the Uruguayan and the British differ when coming to display considerations of politeness at a discourse level.”
“Márquez Reiter's study provides the reader with a comprehensive contrastive study of the realizations of requests and apologies in British English and Uruguayan Spanish. This rather quantitative analysis is an important contribution to cross-cultural studies on politeness that would appeal to a wide audience, both specialists and non-specialists, interested in issues of cultural communication and politeness studies.”
“This is a book that practitioners in the field of linguistic pragmatics will enjoy and learn from.”
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