Complaining and Commiserating: A Speech Act View of Solidarity in Spoken American English / Edition 1

Complaining and Commiserating: A Speech Act View of Solidarity in Spoken American English / Edition 1

by Diana Boxer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820420212

ISBN-13: 9780820420219

Pub. Date: 12/01/1993

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

This book provides an in-depth ethnographic analysis of the social functions of indirect complaints (ICs) and commiserative responses as they are used among speakers of American English and one group of Japanese learners of American English. The speech acts of complaining and commiserating are analysed as a function of the sociolinguistic variables of gender,

Overview

This book provides an in-depth ethnographic analysis of the social functions of indirect complaints (ICs) and commiserative responses as they are used among speakers of American English and one group of Japanese learners of American English. The speech acts of complaining and commiserating are analysed as a function of the sociolinguistic variables of gender, social distance and relative social status.
Indirect complaints were found to be ubiquitous in the ordinary conversation of the native speakers studied. The vast majority of IC exchanges were found to establish solidarity between interlocutors based on a shared view.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820420219
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Series:
History and Language Series, #2
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Contents: The book provides a descriptive analysis of indirect complaints and commiserations among native speakers as well as a discussion of the social distributions of ICs and their responses. Non-native IC-commiseration use is compared with native speaker use. Implications for TESOL pedagogy are drawn.

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