Politeness in increasing degrees of imposition: a sociolinguistic study of politeness in political conversations

Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Humanities
Department Linguistics
Author Matsumoto-Gray, Katherine
Title Politeness in increasing degrees of imposition: a sociolinguistic study of politeness in political conversations
Date 2009-03-16
Description This study examines politeness as a face-threat mitigating strategy in increasingly imposing questions. Brown and Levinson (B&L) established politeness as socially determined by rank of imposition, social distance, and relative power. The hypothesis that politeness forms used by respondents will reflect the B&L social factors of rank of imposition, social distance, and relative power, is tested. B&L's model predicts that increasing rank of imposition will lead to increased politeness; decreased social distance will lead to decreased politeness; greater power of interviewee will lead to decreased politeness. I designed a series of political questions concerning the speaker's reaction to Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson's protest of President Bush; both the question and the answers would be viewed as face-threatening acts (FTAs) that increased in imposition as they progressed. Generally, as degree of imposition increased politeness increased. The other social factors examined resulted in a variety of surprising results, which can be attributed to the interactions in the complex factors that contribute to evaluation of relative investment of the speaker. The study suggests that politeness may be better understood as being directly related to the investment of the speaker, where investment is determined by a combination of social and situational factors.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Social ranking; Face-threatening acts; Social distance
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name MA
Language eng
Relation is Version of Digital reproduction of “Politeness in increasing degrees of imposition: a sociolinguistic study of politeness in political conversations” J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections P27.5 2009 .M36
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