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The impact of face systems on the pragmalinguistic features of academic e-mail requests

Aslan, E. (2017) The impact of face systems on the pragmalinguistic features of academic e-mail requests. Pragmatics and Society, 8 (1). pp. 61-84. ISSN 1878-9714

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1075/ps.8.1.04asl

Abstract/Summary

This study investigates the impact of power/distance (PD) variables operationalized as face systems on the pragmalinguistic features of academic e-mail requests. A corpus of 90 academic e-mails was classified into four face system groups: hierarchical (sender +P), hierarchical (recipient +P), deference, and solidarity. Request perspectives, strategies, and mitigating supportive moves were analyzed. The analysis revealed that the speaker and hearer dominance were the most frequent request perspectives in the hierarchical (recipient+P) and deference groups. The impersonal perspective was more common in the hierarchical (sender+P) group. The preparatory was the dominant request strategy in all groups, relatively more frequent in the hierarchical (recipient+P) and deference groups. The most common supportive move was the grounder, which occurred more frequently than other supportive moves. The findings of the study indicate that face systems influence the request patterns in academic e-mail communication. The study offers implications for future research on pragmatics of computermediated communication (CMC).

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > International Study and Language Institute (ISLI)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
ID Code:67255
Publisher:John Benjamins

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