This book presents the findings of an empirical study on face and power relationships between native and non-native speakers of English. Based on twenty audio-recorded conversations, the work provides valuable insight into communication between native and non-native speakers, especially as far as politeness and interactional dominance are concerned. The underlying hypothesis was that “nativity” would constitute a source of power and that this would be reflected in conversational practices such as politeness strategies and interactional dominance. The politeness strategies covered include attending to one’s interlocutor’s self-image and needs, complimenting, supportive responses and in-group solidarity. Signs of interactional power include topic control, talkativeness, interruption and questions, among others.
|Keywords:||Intercultural communication, Politeness (Linguistics)|
Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 1.495MB). Published by Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.
Senior Lecturer, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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