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dc.contributorDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.contributor.advisorWarren, Martin (ENGL)-
dc.creatorPak, Wai-man Raymond-
dc.publisherHong Kong Polytechnic University-
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_US
dc.titleAn analysis of (im)politeness strategies in complaint lettersen_US
dcterms.abstractThis research study examines the redressive language use for complaint letters. The research is carried on the complaint letters in Hong Kong English newspaper. The main intention of a complaint letter in a newspaper is to point out the problems of some organization or individual. The act of writing a complaint letter to a newspaper is face-threatening in nature. The use of politeness strategies can soften the face-threatening acts of the complaints. On the other hand, the impoliteness strategies can damage the face of the complainee. The analysis of this research is done in three steps. First, all the complaint letters are studied to find out the politeness and impoliteness strategies using Brown and Levinson's (1987) politeness strategies and Culpeper's (1996 & 2011) framework of impoliteness strategies. Second, each part of the letters is divided into one of three different moves and the politeness and impoliteness strategies in each move are studies carefully. Third, all the complaint letters are divided according to two parameters: size of the complaint and writers' viewpoint. This classification allows us to further analyze the use of strategies in different contexts. It is very important to note that the use of politeness strategies is not the same as the kindness and that impoliteness strategies do not mean to cause offensive. These strategies sometimes required for communicating more effectively in professional writings.en_US
dcterms.alternativeAn analysis of impoliteness strategies in complaint letters-
dcterms.extent92 pagesen_US
dcterms.isPartOfPolyU Electronic Thesesen_US
dcterms.educationalLevelAll Masteren_US
dcterms.LCSHLetter writing -- China -- Hong Kong.en_US
dcterms.LCSHEnglish newspapers -- China -- Hong Kong.en_US
dcterms.LCSHComplaint letters -- China -- Hong Kong.en_US
dcterms.LCSHHong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertationsen_US
dcterms.accessRightsrestricted accessen_US

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