Gender, Politeness and Pragmatic Particles in French

Gender, Politeness and Pragmatic Particles in French

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This study aims to investigate politeness in women's and men's speech, with a particular focus on the use of c'est-a-dire, enfin, hein and quoi in contemporary spoken French. Politeness is defined as going beyond the notion of the face-threatening act, englobing both everyday ideas of politeness and the creation of sociability in face-to-face interaction.The pragmatic particles studied are demonstrated to serve both psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic purposes: they lubricate reformulation and contribute to both sociability and social indexation.The study, which combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, is based on a corpus of spontaneous spoken French, comprising 155,000 words, 95 interviews and subjects ranging in age from 7 to 88 years. The sample contains speakers from a broader range of educational backgrounds than is often the case: a butcher, a video-salesman and a toiletteur canin rub shoulders with counter assistants, teachers and doctors.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 251 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 158811256X
  • 9781588112569

Table of contents

1. Preface and Acknowledgements; 2. List of abbreviations; 3. 1. Introduction; 4. 2. Discourse markers and pragmatic particles; 5. 3. Establishing and investigating a corpus of spoken French; 6. 4. The qualitative analysis; 7. 5. C'est-a-dire (que); 8. 6. Enfin; 9. 7. Hein; 10. 8. Quoi; 11. 9. Conclusion; 12. Appendix; 13. References; 14. Index
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