Category of politeness in the aspect of intercultural communication and communicative and pragmatic features of speech etiquette

  • А. Акбаров


The main subject of this research in the field of sociolinguistics can be consisted of linguistic phenomenonand the interaction itself. Language of real communication is a source of data for linguisticanalysis. On the other hand, knowledge of linguistic phenomenon can be used for justification of processesand results of interaction. This kind of research lies in the field of interactive sociolinguistics.Interactive sociolinguistics primarily has respect to culturally identified interactive strategies. The aim ofthis research is to discuss the speech acts of the request and apology in intercultural and inter-linguisticaspect. More specifically, research explores relationship between politeness and indirectness. As far asrequest should be formulated in accordance with the social and cultural norms, it is considered as “athreat to negative public person of the addressee” (Brown and Levinson, 1987). In this research, multivariatediscursive tasks (MDT) were used for data collection. MDT is a method of data collection, withthe help of which comparable data in different languages can be gained. It allows us to draw conclusionsabout norms of politeness, inherent in particular culture. Data is based on answers of students withBosnian and Turkish background, and students at the University of Burch, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.Forty-three first and second year students of English language and literature faculty attended inresearch. The research is based on qualitative analysis of data. Here with, quantitative analysis is usedfor cross-cultural comparison. The description of data analysis contains variable as well, connected withgender affiliation, which is necessary for further in-depth analysis. The results show that strategies ofexpressing the request and apology vary depending on culture and gender affiliation.Key words: politeness, request, apology, intercultural pragmatics, discourse strategy.
How to Cite
АКБАРОВ, А.. Category of politeness in the aspect of intercultural communication and communicative and pragmatic features of speech etiquette. International Relations and International Law Journal, [S.l.], v. 80, n. 4, p. 124-131, mar. 2018. ISSN 1563-0285. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 mar. 2019.
Methodological issues in the sphere of culture and education