Impoliteness and the responses towards it in desperate housewives

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Impoliteness and the responses towards it in desperate housewives

 

Author: Lin Xinyu, Liby
Title: Impoliteness and the responses towards it in desperate housewives
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2013
Subject: English language -- Honorific
Politeness (Linguistics)
Discourse analysis
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of English
Pages: 74 pages
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2687595
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/7658
Abstract: Research of politeness frameworks and strategies are popular in the field of linguistic investigation while the studies on aggravation or impoliteness are relatively marginal or just simply be treated as the opposite of politeness (Rudanko, 2006). In recent years researchers begin to realize that in conflict interactions, impoliteness or rudeness (Virdis, 2009; Ladegaardm, 2012; Argyro, 2010 etc.), instead of politeness, may play a more crucial role. Thus to focus more on the existing frameworks of impoliteness (Lachenicht, 1980; Austin, 1990; Culpeper, 1996 etc.) and discuss their application is significant and imperative. The aim of this dissertation is to analyze the application of impoliteness strategies and the responses towards them in constructing identities in dramatic discourse and to figure out the relation between identities of interlocutors in TV series and the impoliteness strategies and response strategies they used. The dissertation will reviews theories relevant to impoliteness, including the concept of face, the existing approaches of politeness and impoliteness and Culpeper's (1996, 2003) framework of impoliteness and response which are applied in the data selected from Desperate Housewives, one of the famous TV series made by ABC station. In the discussion section, the conversations between a superior and a subordinate will be analyzed with identity theory to examine how different kinds of impoliteness and response strategies construct varying identities of characters.

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