Compliments in Cross-Cultural Perspective

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Linguistics at Work: A Reader of Application Author: Nessa Wolfson Compliments in Cross-Cultural Perspective Presented by Elena Chou, Kimberly Williams, and Tiffany Baptist. Spring 2010
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Compliments in Cross-Cultural Perspective a professor of educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania Research: Specific speech acts in complimenting English Cross-cultural lexical and structural characteristics of compliments
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What is a Compliment? Definitions/Concepts Functions Similarities/Differences
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What is a Compliment? Does each culture express compliments the same way as we do in America? Compliments differ cross-culturally: “Speech acts vary widely across cultures, both in the structural forms as well as in the conventions regarding their usage” (Wolfson)
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Cross-Cultural Differences “… There are differences in the aspects of speech acts, cooperative principles, and politeness across cultures” (Kachru & Smith, 2008, p. 128)
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Cultural Differences in Compliments Americans give compliments in situations where to do so would be totally inappropriate in other cultures What counts as a compliment differs Japanese compliments Iranian compliments Indonesian compliments
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