ERIC Number: ED404879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Speech Acts of "Thank You" and Responses to It in American English.
This discussion of the speech act of thanking looks at the basic functions of the act and responses to it in American English. It is argued that in general, "thank you" expressions are used to express appreciation of benefits and to enhance rapport between interlocutors, and that this basic use is extended to the functions of conversational opening, changing, stopping, closing, leave-taking, and offering positive reinforcement. A further use is to express dissatisfaction or discomfort indirectly, often using sarcasm and often with differential intonation. Six types of response to the use of "thank you" are identified (acceptance, denial, reciprocity, comment, nonverbal gesture, no response), the choice of which is determined by factors such as relationship of the interlocutors and communicative intent. Examples of each are offered. Contains 13 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (16th, Baltimore, MD, March 1994).