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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594777
Title:
Compliments and refusals in Poland and England
Authors:
Bhatti, Joanna; Žegarac, Vladimir
Abstract:
There are significant cross-cultural differences in the way compliments and refusals are made and responded to. The investigation of these speech acts touches on some interesting issues for pragmatic theory: the relation between the universal and the culturespecific features of complimenting and refusing, the importance of culture specific strategies in explaining how these speech acts are produced and responded to, as well as the relation between the message conveyed by a compliment or refusal and its affective/emotional effects on the hearer. The pilot study presented in this paper investigates the production and reception of compliments and refusals in the relatively proximate cultures of England and Poland. The findings reveal significant systematic cross-cultural differences relating to refusals, while the differences relating to compliments are fewer and more subtle. The data suggests that the cross-cultural similarities and differences observed can be explained in terms of (a) a universalist view of institutional speech acts and face concerns in rapport management, (b) the Relevancetheoretic view of communication and cognition as oriented towards maximising informativeness and (c) some culture-specific values. These tentative conclusions are based on very limited data and indicate useful directions for future research.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Bhatti, J., Žegarac, V. (2012) 'Compliments and Refusals in Poland and England'. Research in Language 10 (3) 279–297
Publisher:
De Gruyter
Journal:
Research in Language
Issue Date:
1-Jan-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594777
DOI:
10.2478/v10015-011-0025-x
Additional Links:
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/rela.2012.10.issue-3/v10015-011-0025-x/v10015-011-0025-x.xml
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2083-4616; 1731-7533
Appears in Collections:
CRELLA Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBhatti, Joannaen
dc.contributor.authorŽegarac, Vladimiren
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-25T11:40:31Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-25T11:40:31Zen
dc.date.issued2012-01-01en
dc.identifier.citationBhatti, J., Žegarac, V. (2012) 'Compliments and Refusals in Poland and England'. Research in Language 10 (3) 279–297en
dc.identifier.issn2083-4616en
dc.identifier.issn1731-7533en
dc.identifier.doi10.2478/v10015-011-0025-xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/594777en
dc.description.abstractThere are significant cross-cultural differences in the way compliments and refusals are made and responded to. The investigation of these speech acts touches on some interesting issues for pragmatic theory: the relation between the universal and the culturespecific features of complimenting and refusing, the importance of culture specific strategies in explaining how these speech acts are produced and responded to, as well as the relation between the message conveyed by a compliment or refusal and its affective/emotional effects on the hearer. The pilot study presented in this paper investigates the production and reception of compliments and refusals in the relatively proximate cultures of England and Poland. The findings reveal significant systematic cross-cultural differences relating to refusals, while the differences relating to compliments are fewer and more subtle. The data suggests that the cross-cultural similarities and differences observed can be explained in terms of (a) a universalist view of institutional speech acts and face concerns in rapport management, (b) the Relevancetheoretic view of communication and cognition as oriented towards maximising informativeness and (c) some culture-specific values. These tentative conclusions are based on very limited data and indicate useful directions for future research.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherDe Gruyteren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.degruyter.com/view/j/rela.2012.10.issue-3/v10015-011-0025-x/v10015-011-0025-x.xmlen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Research in Languageen
dc.subjectPolishen
dc.subjectEnglanden
dc.subjectcomplimentsen
dc.subjectrefusalsen
dc.titleCompliments and refusals in Poland and Englanden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalResearch in Languageen
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