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Politeness in Mexico and the United States: A contrastive study of the realization and perception of refusals

 
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This book explores the issue of politeness phenomena and socially appropriate behavior in two societies, Mexico and the United States, in three different contexts: refusing invitations, requests, and suggestions. In addition to a state-of-the-art review of the speech act of refusals in numerous languages, the book provides a rigorous analysis of data collection methods utilized to examine speech act behavior at the production and perception levels. Many examples of native speaker interactions illustrate the similarities and differences observed in the realization patterns and the perception of refusals by Mexicans and Americans in formal and informal situations. The data are analyzed in terms of refusal sequences and pragmatic strategies which are strategically used to carry out relational work during the negotiation of face. The results of the quantitative and qualitative analyses are interpreted in light of the notions of face, politeness, and relational work in Mexico and the United States. This publication will be of interest to researchers and students in pragmatics and discourse analysis, cross-cultural communication, and sociology.

Table of contents

 

List of Figures and Tables
ix–x
Transcription conventions
xi
Acknowledgements
xiii–xiv
Introduction
1–6
Chapter 1. The scope of politeness
7–34
Chapter 2. Speech acts in context: Refusals
35–55
Chapter 3. Methodology and organization of the study
57–83
Chapter 4. Results: Relational work and linguistic politeness: The negotiation of refusals by Mexicans and Americans
85–138
Chapter 5. Results: Perceptions of politeness: Cultural values of refusals among Mexicans and Americans
139–157
Chapter 6. Conclusions and discussion
159–173
References
175–184
Appendix
185–190
Author index
191–192
Subject index





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