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Fracchiolla, Béatrice. 2011. Politeness as a strategy of attack in a gendered political debate—The Royal–Sarkozy debate. Journal of Pragmatics 43 (10) : 2480–2488.
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This study explores how gender affected the televised political Royal-Sarkozy debate of 2 May 2007. Whereas Sarkozy excessively displays deferential politeness and deploys a broad set of registers, Royal is more combative, formal and concrete. These differences are assumed to be defined by gender assumptions on politeness and by the ethos of power discourse.