Polite rejections: teaching interpersonal communication skills

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The goal of this contribution is twofold: first, there is a discussion of the most important results of pragmatic and sociolinguistic research on politeness and interpersonal meaning. These are then operationalized with regard to their marked and unmarked format, and applied to aforeign-language setting which interprets language as socio-semiotics. Second, the speech act 'rejection' is analysed from both a propositional and interpersonal perspective. Special reference is hereby given to its production and interpretation in spoken as well as written format ...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnglish in the modern world : Festschrift for Hartmut Breitkreuz on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday
EditorsMaria Dakowska
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationFrankfurt am Main [u.a.]
PublisherPeter Lang Verlag
Publication date2000
ISBN (Print)978-3-631-35053-9, 978-0-8204-4349-2
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes