ERIC Number: ED341282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
A Contrastive Analysis of the Spoken Discourse of Bilingual Swedish Finnish and Native Swedish School Children.
Finnish and Swedish dialogues by bilingual Swedish Finnish children were contrasted with dialogues by their monolingual peers. Two specific discourse features were investigated: the use and distribution of various politeness strategies and the use of downgraders. The material consisted of 12 second language dialogues in Finnish between the Finnish Swedish school children and 6 conversations in Swedish between them and their Swedish counterparts. Participants, who all knew each other, were asked to solve a potential conflict by discussing the matter with each other. The study of politeness strategies revealed great differences between the Finnish and Swedish discourse of the Finnish Swedish subjects, with the Finnish dialogues dominated by positive politeness strategies. The contrastive analysis of the use of downgraders showed also that the most striking differences between the three groups were those of the Swedish Finnish children's conversations in Finnish and Swedish. The results supported Holmes' theory on the connection between negative politeness and downgraders. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Conversation; Downgrading (Linguistics); Finland; Politeness
Note: In: Communication and Discourse across Cultures and Languages. AFinLa Yearbook 1991; see FL 020 041.