Culturally Speaking: Culture, Communication and Politeness by Helen Spencer-Oatey

By Helen Spencer-Oatey

This can be an up-to-date moment variation of the great creation to intercultural pragmatics, delivering crucial examining for undergraduate and postgraduate students.This complete advent to intercultural pragmatics examines the theoretical, methodological and useful concerns within the research of speak throughout cultures.The booklet contains: an creation to the main concerns in tradition and communique; an exam of cross-cultural and intercultural communique; empirical case reports from various languages, together with German, Greek, eastern and chinese language; functional chapters on pragmatics learn, recording and analysing facts, and initiatives in intercultural pragmatics; workouts on the finish of every bankruptcy; and, a word list of termsThis moment variation of "Culturally talking" should be a necessary consultant for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars, and researchers attracted to conversation throughout cultures.

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People have the right to expect certain things of the other member and an obligation to carry out certain other things. For example, a teacher has an obligation to handle classroom management issues, and a right to expect the students to comply with classroom management directives. 37 38 Culturally Speaking However, there are limits to the scope of teachers' and students' rights and obligations. Whereas it is acceptable for teachers to give directives such as 'Get into groups of four and work on this problem', it is less acceptable (at least in Western societies) to give more personally oriented directives such as 'Get me a cup of coffee'.

How then does this concept of face-threatening acts apply to the framework outlined above? I suggest that positive rapport (harmony) between people can be threatened in three main ways: through face-threatening behaviour, through rights-threatening/ obligation-omission behaviour and through goal-threatening behaviour. When people threaten our goals, they hamper in some way what we want to achieve; for example, if we need a letter of support from our supervisor in order to apply for a job or course of study, and s/he fails to provide it before the submission deadline, the supervisor has threatened our goal and we are likely to feel annoyed with him/her.

For example, Spencer-Oatey (1997) reports differences in British and Chinese conceptualizations of the tutor-student role relationship, and hence of the sociality rights associated with the role relationship. I discuss these potential differences again towards the end of this chapter. 3 Rapport-threatening behaviour: managing face, sociality rights/obligations and interactional goals As the popular phrase 'lose face' conveys, we do not always receive the respect from others that we would like. People may criticize us or boss us around, insult us and call us names; and when they do, we typically feel embarrassed or uncomfortable.

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