A contrastive study of requests and apologies
MÁRQUEZ REITER, Rosina
The first well-researched contrastive pragmatic analysis
of requests and apologies in British English and Uruguayan Spanish. It
takes the form of a cross-cultural corpus-based analysis using male and
female native speakers of each language and systematically alternating
the same social variables in both cultures.
The data are elicited from a non-prescriptive open role-play
yielding requests and apologies. The analysis of the speech acts is based
on an adaptation of the categorical scheme developed by Blum-Kulka et
al. (1989). The results show that speakers of English and Spanish differ
in their choice of (in)directness levels, head-act modifications, and
the politeness types of males and females in both cultures.
Reference to an extensive bibliography and the thorough
discussion of methodological issues concerning speech act studies deserve
the attention of students of pragmatics as well as readers interested
in cultural matters.
2000 - 227 Pages