ERIC Number: ED367135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Social Status and the Sequencing Rules of Other-Introductions.
Chen, Fred J.
Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, v9 n2 p13-27 Fall 1993
This study examines the speech act sequence of introductions among native speakers of American English from a wide variety of occupations, educational backgrounds, and role relationships. Specifically, the focus of the study is on the sequencing of other-introductions; namely, in an introduction that involves at least three participants, who gets introduced to whom? Three kinds of patterns are discussed based on collected data. First, four basic rules are formulated, each according to one distinct conditioning factor such as social status (when it is unequal), social distance, situational context, and the introducer's intent (when social status is equal). Next, four combined patterns with congruent factors are discussed. Finally, four overriding patterns that include two conflicting factors are suggested; however, only the pattern regarding social status and situational context is confirmed due to the limited data set. (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
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Note: For complete volume in which this paper appears, see FL 021 777.