Thursday, 3 October 2013

Rosina Marquez Reiter. Linguistic Politeness in Britain and Uruguay: A Contrastive Study of Requests and Apologies - Download

Reviewed by Zaenal Arifin 
Tulungagung, 3 October 2013

Rosina Marquez Reiter. Linguistic Politeness in Britain and Uruguay:  A Contrastive Study of Requests and Apologies

If you are planing or, right now, doing a pragmatic study, especially that dealing with ‘politeness’, more specifically to ‘requests’ and ‘apologies’, then, this book should be a really helpful reference you can use.
What’s Good?
I think this book is really written systematically, and so-academic, and yes, the writer says that this work is based on her academic PhD study. That makes each chapter in this book is so well-organized like original academic writing. For example, the book begins with the explanation of significant theories concerning with the topic: politeness and speech act theory, requests and apologies. On the next chapter, I found ‘Structure of the Study and Methodology’, followed with ‘The Findings: Request’ and The ‘Findings: Apologies’. Then, it is closed with conclusion and appendix.
Reviewing above description, I can imagine how really helpful the book for you in accomplishing your study of pragmatics or linguistic politeness.
Below is the ‘content’ you can review.
Chapter 1
Politeness theory
1.1 On the history of the term
1.2 Politeness: social or individual entity?
1.3 Perspectives on politeness
1.4 Lakoff’s rules of politeness
1.5 Leech’s Principles and Maxims of Interaction
1.6 Brown and Levinson’s Theory of Politeness
1.6.1 Politeness strategies
1.7 Criticisms of Brown and Levinson’s model
1.7.1 The principle of rationality
1.7.2 Goffman’s notion of ‘face’
1.7.3 The universality of ‘face’
1.7.4 Facework
1.7.5 Concluding remarks

Chapter 2
Speech act theory and politeness: Requests and apologies
2.1 Introduction
2.2 The speech act of requesting
2.2.1 Form and function of requests
2.2.2 Indirect requests
2.3 The speech act of apologising
2.3.1 Form and function of apologies
2.3.2 Concluding remarks

Chapter 3
Structure of the study and methodology
3.1 Introduction
3.2 The structure of the study
3.2.1 Population
3.2.2 The instrument
3.3 The pilot test
3.3.1 The population of the pilot test
3.3.2 The pilot study and the modifications to the instrument
3.4 Data collection and procedure
3.4.1 Recruiting the informants
3.4.2 Other methodologies considered
3.4.3 Data collection
3.4.4 Methodological considerations: from the discourse completion test to the open role-play
3.5 Data analysis: the procedure
3.5.1 Blum-Kulka et al.’s coding scheme for request head acts
3.5.2 The coding scheme: request head acts
3.5.3 The coding scheme: apologies
3.6 Transcription conventions

Chapter 4
The Findings: Requests
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Request strategies
4.2.1 The use of impositives
4.2.2 The use of conventional indirectness
4.2.3 The perspective of conventionally indirect requests
4.2.4 The use of non-conventional indirectness
4.2.5 Divergent situations
4.3 Gender analysis of the main request strategies
4.3.1 Same gender interactions: the case of males
4.3.2 Same gender interactions: the case of females
4.3.3 Cross-gender interactions
4.4 Request modification
4.4.1 External modification
4.4.2 Internal modifications
4.5 Concluding remarks

Chapter 5
The Findings: Apologies
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Apology strategies
5.2.1 Explicit expression of apology
5.2.2 Taking responsibility
5.2.3 Explanation
5.2.4 Offer of repair/restitution
5.2.5 Promise of forbearance
5.3 Situational parameters and explanatory variables
5.4 Gender differences and apologies
5.5 Concluding remarks

Chapter 6
6.1 Introductory remarks
6.2 Requests
6.2.1 The conventional indirectness category
6.3 Apologies
6.4 Some pedagogical considerations
6.5 Implications for further research


Rosina Marquez Reiter. Linguistic Politeness in Britain and Uruguay:  A Contrastive Study of Requests and Apologies
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