This book is useful for the study of the sociolinguistics of German, English-German bilingualism, general linguistics, and the methods of linguistic fieldwork.
Chapter 13: BAG 9: Toward the Architecture of the Apology
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BAG 9: Toward the Architecture of the Apology*
Fresh fieldwork from German native speakers residing in the San Francisco Bay Area provides verbal apology data from their German and English registers, which yields both subtle and obvious contrasts and similarities. While the apology type regret emerges as prototypically central, it is transversed by the dominant illocutionary force sincerity/ believability. The 16 putative apology types and 23 hypothesized illocutionary force categories are factored against a perfusion of formulaic and less formulaic responses.