Publication details [#60002]

Siebold, Kathrin and Hannah Busch. 2015. (No) need for clarity – Facework in Spanish and German refusals. Journal of Pragmatics 75 : 53–68.
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This intercultural pragmatic study compares the culture-specific realisation of different types of refusals in Spanish and German. The inquiry of the culture-specific means to handle the associated face threat discloses a high tilt for indirect refusal strategies and vague answers without a clear final result by Spanish speakers, whereas German speakers place a higher value on more direct refusal strategies and explicit answers with a high degree of pragmatic lucidity, in particular with regard to the conversation's final result.