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Directives and Politeness Concepts ANTHRO. 412 Culture and Communications

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Directives and Politeness Concepts ANTHRO. 412 Culture and Communications Anth 412

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This was an assignment that featured the concepts of directives and politeness, and how we can detect them in every day situations.
Culture and Communication
A Vacca
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Date Created: 09/28/16
ANTH 412 CULTURE & COMMUNICATION FALL 2016 HOMEWORK #1 Madison Warner Directives and Politeness: Write down 3 directives that you hear in the next few days that exemplify at least 2 possible forms of directives (anything from explicit imperatives to hints). Describe briefly the setting and participants for each, and how you could tell it was a directive, if necessary. For each of the 3 directives, classify it as best you can using Ervin-Tripp’s taxonomy. Comment on whether the social circumstances in which your directive occurred seem to match the circumstances Ervin-Tripp reported. Then state as specifically as possible how each directive would be classified in Brown and Levinson’s system of politeness strategies. Answers: 1. Situation: going to the movies a. Philip, my boyfriend: “The movie starts in 15 minutes.” b. My boyfriend said this directive as a hint. Instead of being direct and  telling me to “hurry”, he gave a polite hint by letting me know that the  movie begins soon so I should finish getting ready.  c. Brown and Levinson’s system of politeness: solidarity; claim common  knowledge  2. Situation: driving in the car with my friend a. My friend: “Can I connect my phone now?” Me: “Yea, sorry the playlist is almost done.” b. Permission directive  c. She wanted to play her music in my car after my playlist ended, and my  playlist took a little longer than she expected it to.  d. Brown and Levinson’s system of politeness: apologize, I am apologizing  to her; deference  3. Mom and Dad telling me to clean a. “I need you to clean your room, take your clothes upstairs, and put your  dishes away.” b. Direct; “need” statement  c. Brown and Levinson’s system of politeness: this was not said in a negative way but could be perceived as negative because it is asking of me to do  ANTH 412 CULTURE & COMMUNICATION FALL 2016 “chores”, which has negative connotations. This one was difficult to  assign which politeness, but I believe it is positive. 


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