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Speech Acts and Politeness across Languages and Cultures

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Edited By Leyre Ruiz de Zarobe and Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe

Speech Acts and Politeness are among the main areas of interest in pragmatics. These communicative phenomena can be considered universal and at the same time language and culture-specific. It is this latter dimension that has been at the centre of recent developments in pragmatics, and it is also the focus of this book.
The aim of this book is to reflect this development, providing evidence from four main areas crucial to pragmatics across languages and cultures: a description of a variety of speech acts and politeness strategies in different languages and cultures, a cross-cultural comparison of several speech acts and patterns of politeness, an in-depth analysis of issues concerning the learning and teaching of speech acts and politeness in second/foreign languages, as well as some methodological resources in pragmatics.
This book is intended for researchers, scholars and students interested in the field of pragmatics, in general, or in the fields of cross-cultural and second/foreign language pragmatics, and specifically for those interested in speech acts and politeness. It will also be useful to any scholar interested in how communication and culture are related.

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Contents Introduction ......................................................................................9 Section 1 Speech Acts and Politeness in Some Languages and Cultures EVA OGIERMANN About Polish Politeness................................................................. 27 DENIZ ZEYREK Thanking in Turkish: A Corpus-based Study .................................53 SPYRIDOULA BELLA and MARIA SIFIANOU Greek Student E-mail Requests to Faculty Members ................... 89 LUIS M. LARRINGAN and ITZIAR IDIAZABAL ‘Generic you’ in Basque: A Politeness Strategy in Young People Debates? ............................................................ 115 XIANGYING JIANG Politeness and Facework in Chinese Language and Culture ...................................................................................129 6Section 2 Speech Acts and Politeness Across Languages and Cultures KATHRIN SIEBOLD Implicit and Explicit Thanking in Spanish and German .............155 LEYRE RUIZ DE ZAROBE Learning-offers on the Internet in Spanish and French ............. 173 MARIA SHARDAKOVA Cross-Cultural Analysis of the Use of Humor by Russian and American English Speakers ...................................................197 Section 3 Speech Acts and Politeness in Second/Foreign Language Teaching and Learning J. CÉSAR FÉLIX-BRASDEFER and MARIA HASLER-BARKER Complimenting and Responding to a Compliment in the Spanish FL Classroom: From Empirical Evidence to Pedagogical Intervention..........................................................241 SEONAID BECKWITH and JEAN-MARC DEWAELE The Effect of two Years Abroad on the Development of Apologies in the Japanese L2 of Adult English Native Speakers ............................................................................275 OTILIA MARTÍ ARNÁNDIZ Are Women more Polite than Men? The Effect of Gender on the Use of Request Modifiers by Spanish EFL University Students ......................................................................307 Contents 7VESNA MIKOLICî Teaching Slovenian and Italian Communication Style ................337 Section 4 Methodological Resources in Pragmatics EVA OGIERMANN and DENISE SAßENROTH Statistics in Contrastive Pragmatics .............................................369 Notes on Contributors ..................................................................399 Contents

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