ERIC Number: ED402732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
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Linguistics of Power and Politeness in Turkish: Revelations from Speech Acts.
Dogancay-Aktuna, Seran; Kamisli, Sibel
This study investigated the discourse strategies used by native speakers of Turkish in carrying out speech acts of correction and disagreement to status-unequal interlocutors. Focus was on: (1) the politeness markers preferred for softening the impact of words in face-threatening speech situations where the interlocutor corrects the mistake of an addressee of unequal status and shows disagreement with the ideas or suggestions of the other and (2) the relationship between social status, power, and context and language use. Subjects were 80 individuals aged 19-22. Data were collected using a controlled, written elicitation task and analyzed statistically for patterns of positive (PP) and negative politeness (NP) markers, direct and indirect. The elicitation situations included interactions between student and professor and between corporate executive and assistant. Results indicate a preference for NP over PP across situations, although PP strategies were used more in the classroom situation than in the workplace; a questioning strategy was also used frequently in PP. Small marker differences were noted across status levels. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Politeness; Turkey
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Linguistics Conference (8th, Ankara, Turkey, August 5-8, 1996).