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ERIC Number: EJ1176950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1936-7384
"He Is No Different from Other Men": Complimenting and Responding to Compliments through Membership Categorization Practices
Song, Gahye
Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, v13 n1 p29-32 2013
This brief analysis examines the interactional practice of complimenting and responding to compliments using MCA. The topic is not new; numerous CA studies have brought to light how people tend to respond to compliments and how such tendencies can be understood in terms of the sequential organization of turn-taking. In American English, for instance, a compliment tends to call for a response in the following turn, which downgrades praise or shifts the referent (Pomerantz, 1978). This paper offers an example of MCA applied to a compliment-response sequence using an extract translated from a Korean radio show involving a female celebrity (Sun) as the host and an actress (Kim) as the guest.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea
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