ERIC Number: ED214398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Positive and Negative Politeness Strategies and Their Influence on American and British English Discourse.
Casken, Sarah T.
Based on a model developed by Brown and Levinson (1978), this thesis examines one feature underlying appropriate language use--politeness--as it affects the discourse of native English speakers in three situations. The three situations and speakers involved are: (1) British speakers in a British public library, (2) American speakers in an American public library, and (3) American speakers at mealtime in the home. Cross-culturally the analysis reveals that speakers in the British library employ politeness strategies similar to those employed by speakers in the American library. Intraculturally the analysis reveals that speakers in the home employ different politeness strategies than those employed by speakers in the American library. It is suggested that Brown and Levinson's model can be used as a taxonomy for discourse analysis. It provides ESL teacher and researcher a framework in which to realize and discuss differences between cultures and languages in terms of politeness and its effect on linguistic outputs. (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: English (British); Formulaic Expressions
Note: M.A. Thesis, University of Hawaii.