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2 politeness scale

  1. 1. Politeness – direct vs. indirect speech acts
  2. 2. Put these in order of most forward/direct to most polite/indirect: <ul><li>Waiter, I’d like to see the manager, please. </li></ul><ul><li>Waiter, I insist on seeing the manager. </li></ul><ul><li>Waiter, I don’t suppose I could see the manager, could I? </li></ul><ul><li>Waiter, if it’s not too much trouble I’d like to see the manager. </li></ul><ul><li>Waiter, get the manager immediately. </li></ul><ul><li>Waiter, I want to see the manager. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Order of most forward/direct to most polite/indirect: <ul><li>e. Waiter, get the manager immediately. </li></ul><ul><li>b. Waiter, I insist on seeing the manager. </li></ul><ul><li>f. Waiter, I want to see the manager. </li></ul><ul><li>a. Waiter, I’d like to see the manager, please. </li></ul><ul><li>d. Waiter, if it’s not too much trouble I’d like to see the manager. </li></ul><ul><li>c. Waiter, I don’t suppose I could see the manager, could I? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Now try for: <ul><li>Asking someone out on a date </li></ul><ul><li>Asking someone to stop talking in the cinema. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be directed which end of the spectrum you’re aiming for. </li></ul>

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