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Query Details


Query Subject:   DCT Impoliteness Request
Author:   Reza Taherkhani
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Pragmatics
Subject Language(s):  English


Query:   Dear British Native Speakers,

I need this questionnaire be filled by British educated native speakers for my PhD project. As I have explained, there are 8 situations. In each situation there is a request which is somehow impolite. The participants should first rate the degree of impoliteness of these requests, from 1 which is ''not at all impolite'' to 5 which is ''extremely impolite. They can also choose any number on this continuum (from 1 to 5 based on their perception of the impoliteness). Then they need to write what their probable responses would be to these requests. I emphasize that they don't have to make another request. They need to imagine themselves in place of those people receiving the request and write their responses. By the way I need 60 participants who should be educated. Any number of people, however, will be a help.
I really thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please email reza1920@yahoo.com with your responses.

Best,

R. Taherkhani

Impoliteness of Request Questionnaire

Participant Background:
a. Last Degree:
b. Major:
c. Level at the Language Institute:
d. Gender: Male, Female
e. Age:

Dear Participant: Below you can see 8 situations in each of which a statement for request is made. Please read each statement and decide how impolite it is by circling the appropriate number. Then write what your response would be.

1. You are working on an assignment. You know that your close friend has a book which is quite helpful for this assignment. You decide to ask your friend to lend you the book.

“I hate to impose, but I wonder whether I could borrow your book for a while.”
not at all impolite 1 2 3 4 5 extremely impolite

Your response to the above italicized request:


2. You are trying to study in your room and you hear loud music coming from another student's room down the hall in the dormitory. You don't know the student, but you decide to ask him to turn the music down.

“Hey, you need to turn your volume down, now!”
not at all impolite 1 2 3 4 5 extremely impolite

Your response to the above italicized request:


3. You are shopping in a department store. You see a beautiful shirt and want to see it. You ask the salesperson to show you the shirt.

“Let me see that shirt.”
not at all impolite 1 2 3 4 5 extremely impolite

Your response to the above italicized request:


4. You are now discussing your assignment with your teacher. Your teacher speaks very fast. You do not follow what he is saying, so you want to ask your teacher to say it again.

“Slow down, please!”
not at all impolite 1 2 3 4 5 extremely impolite

Your response to the above italicized request:


5. Your computer is down because of a virus. One of your teachers is very skillful in fixing computers. You know he has been very busy recently, but you still want to ask him to fix your computer.

“Fix my computer for me, teacher.”
not at all impolite 1 2 3 4 5 extremely impolite

Your response to the above italicized request:


6. You go to the library to study. In the library, the mobile phone of one of the students rings. You decide to ask your student to turn off his mobile phone.

“Turn that phone off, now!”
not at all impolite 1 2 3 4 5 extremely impolite

Your response to the above italicized request:


7. You are watching a film on TV. Your sister comes and stands just in front of you, blocking your view. You want to ask your sister not to block your view.

“Get out of the way!”
not at all impolite 1 2 3 4 5 extremely impolite

Your response to the above italicized request:


8. You have a toothache and decide to make an appointment with your dentist. You know that the dentist is very busy and schedules new appointments only on Wednesday. However, you have to take the final-term exam this Wednesday. You call the dentist to ask him to schedule the appointment on Thursday rather on Wednesday.

“You need to give me an appointment today!”
not at all impolite 1 2 3 4 5 extremely impolite

Your response to the above italicized request:

LL Issue: 24.1874
Date posted: 30-Apr-2013



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