TITLE

Interacting with the Reader: Politeness Strategies in Engineering Research Article Discussions

AUTHOR(S)
Gil-Salom, Luz; Soler-Monreal, Carmen
PUB. DATE
September 2009
SOURCE
International Journal of English Studies;2009 Supplement, p175
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The writer's strategy to combine the exposition of factual information with personal judgement and interaction with the reader has been analysed in a number of studies (Hunston, 1994; Hyland, 1998a, 1998b; Latour and Woolgar, 1979; Skelton, 1997). Myers' studies (1989, 1992) on the pragmatics of politeness in scientific articles analyse politeness strategies in regularities of scientific style that are usually explained in terms of conventions. In the context of scientific communication, the researcher performs two basic tasks: presenting a claim and contradicting former theories or beliefs. Both actions could be interpreted as impolite behaviours and constitute what Brown and Levinson (1987) call face threatening acts (FTAs). In this study we explore the presence of face-redressive politeness strategies in the discussion sections of engineering research articles. The data are drawn from a corpus of 46 discussion sections in the fields of computing, telecommunications, nanotechnology and robotics.
ACCESSION #
51639217

 

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