Power and Politeness between Native and Non-native Speakers

By Mustapha Taibi.

Published by Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Print $US40.00
Book: Electronic $US15.00

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.

Dr Mustapha Taibi

Senior Lecturer, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Mustapha Taibi is a senior lecturer in interpreting and translation at the University of Western Sydney. In addition to translation and interpreting, he has been lecturing on semantics, pragmatics and intercultural pragmatics. From 2002 to 2006 he taught English language and linguistics as well as community translation and interpreting at the University of Alcalá (Spain). His main research interests are community translation and interpreting and discourse analysis.

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