Publication details [#20413]

Holmes, Janet. 1988. Paying compliments: A sex-preferential politeness strategy. Journal of Pragmatics 12 : 445–465.
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Language as a subject


Comparative analysis examining women's and men's complimenting behavior, exploring the function of compliments on the one hand as positively affective speech acts and exemplary positive politeness strategies, and on the other as potentially face threatening acts. Data from New Zealand.