On the Relationship between Indirectness and Politeness
- 10.2991/icsshe-16.2016.104How to use a DOI?
- indirectness, indirect speech act, implicature, politeness
It is generally believed that moderate indirectness is better and more easily acceptable than blunt and direct speech acts among both close friends and other acquaintances in everyday conversations, especially among strangers. Such indirect speech acts mean comparatively more politeness for the speech acts recipient. It is not at all an unusual phenomenon in everyday life. This paper focuses on exposure of how indirect speech act coming into being in terms of speech act theory and cooperative principles. It illustrates essential causes from the perspective of politeness, showing that communicators can utilize indirect speech acts to help convey their politeness to speech acts receivers so as to accomplish communicative purposes, facilitate interpersonal communication and maintain interpersonal relationship with mutual respect, to certain extent.
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TY - CONF AU - Jimei Li PY - 2016/07 DA - 2016/07 TI - On the Relationship between Indirectness and Politeness BT - Proceedings of the 2016 2nd International Conference on Social Science and Higher Education PB - Atlantis Press SP - 410 EP - 413 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/icsshe-16.2016.104 DO - 10.2991/icsshe-16.2016.104 ID - Li2016/07 ER -