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Sun Nov 15 2009

Books: Pragmatics/Discourse Analysis/Sociolinguistics: Ogiermann

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, On Apologising in Negative and Positive Politeness Cultures: Ogiermann

Message 1: On Apologising in Negative and Positive Politeness Cultures: Ogiermann
Date: 15-Nov-2009
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: On Apologising in Negative and Positive Politeness Cultures: Ogiermann
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Title: On Apologising in Negative and Positive Politeness Cultures
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 191
Published: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P%26bns%20191

Author: Eva Ogiermann
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288899 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288899 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027254351 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027254351 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

This book investigates how speakers of English, Polish and Russian deal
with offensive situations. It reveals culture-specific perceptions of what
counts as an apology and what constitutes politeness. It offers a critical
discussion of Brown and Levinson's theory and provides counter-evidence to
the correlation between indirectness and politeness underlying their
theory. Their theory is applied to two languages that rely less heavily on
indirectness in conveying politeness than does English, and to a speech act
that does not become more polite through indirectness. An analysis of the
face considerations involved in apologising shows that in contrast to
disarming apologies, remedial apologies are mainly directed towards
positive face needs, which are crucial for the restoration of social
equilibrium and maintenance of relationships. The data show that while
English apologies are characterised by a relatively strong focus on both
interlocutors' negative face, Polish apologies display a particular concern
for positive face. For Russian speakers, in contrast, apologies seem to
involve a lower degree of face threat than they do in the other two languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Pragmatics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Polish (pol)
                            Russian (rus)

Written In: English (eng )

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