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Thu May 13 2004

Books: Sociolinguistics: Locher

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  1. julia.ulrich, Power and Politeness in Action: Locher

Message 1: Power and Politeness in Action: Locher

Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 07:20:47 -0400 (EDT)
From: julia.ulrich <>
Subject: Power and Politeness in Action: Locher

Title: Power and Politeness in Action
Subtitle: Disagreements in Oral Communication
Series Title: Language, Power and Social Process 12

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Mouton de Gruyter

Author: Miriam A. Locher, Senior Assistant at the University of Berne,

Paperback: ISBN: 3110180073, Pages: xvi, 365, Price: U.S. $ 29.95
	 Comment: Euro 29.95


This study investigates the interface of power and politeness in the
realization of disagreements in naturalistic language data. Power and
politeness are important phenomena in face-to-face
interaction. Disagreement is an arena in which these two key concepts
are likely to be observed together: both disagreement and the exercise
of power entail a conflict, and, at the same time, conflict will often
be softened by the display of politeness (defined as marked relational
work). The concept of power is of special interest to the field of
linguistics in that language is one of the primary means to exercise
power. Often correlated with status and regarded as an influential
aspect of situated speech, the workings of the exercise of power,
however, have rarely been formally articulated. This study provides a
theoretical framework within which to analyze the observed instances
of disagreement and their co-occurrence with the exercise of power and
display of politeness. In this framework, a checklist of propositions
that allow us to operationalize the concept of power and identify its
exercise in naturalistic linguistic data is combined with a view of
language as socially constructed.

A qualitative approach is used to analyze the concepts of power and
politeness. The material for analysis comes from three different
contexts: (1) a sociable argument in an informal, supportive and
interactive family setting, (2) a business meeting among colleagues
within a research institution, and (3) examples from public discourse
collected during the US Election 2000.

Lingfield(s):	Applied Linguistics
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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