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By Wieslaw Oleksy (ed.)

This quantity offers with numerous pragmatic matters curious about cross-language and interlanguage stories in addition to second-language acquisition and cross-cultural stories. half I comprises papers facing normal concerns stemming from contrastive paintings, for instance, the query of tertium comparationis and its position within the improvement of contrastive experiences in addition to the applicability of generalizations proposed via speech-act theorists in contrasting concrete languages and cultures. the second one half tackles a few pragmatic matters focused on second-language rookies' written productions, school room discourse, in addition to extra common questions bearing on pragmatic mistakes and freshmen' interlanguage. An Index of phrases and an Index of names whole the amount.

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32 14. R O B E R T K. H E R B E R T Wolfson and Manes (1980) claim that the use of "compliment formulas" minimizes varia­ tion and therefore helps to ensure that the speech act will be recognized as a compliment. e. in a performative sense, in very formal speech: (a) Let me compliment you on your choice of ... (b) I compliment you on ... However, no such occurrences are attested in the present corpus. 15. Certain data had to be excluded from the corpus for analysis. Specifically, items such as: F 1 : What a pretty skirt.

Hall. S. Postdoctoral Fellowship and by a grant-in-aid from the State University of New York. I am grateful to Elaine Beckendorf for discussions and for her help in codifying the American data. I also thank the Depart­ ment of Linguistics, University of the Witwatersrand for providing hospitality and research facilities and Professor Maurice V. Aldridge for many stimulating discussions during my stay in Johannesburg. I believe it was he who first pointed me in the direction of the cultural values profile explanation advanced in Section 4.

THE ETHNOGRAPHY OF COMPLIMENTS 31 4. It is to be regretted that the field of sociolinguistics is seriously fragmented on this issue. While anthropologists and social psychologists recognize the importance of this topic in phenomenological research, many sociolinguists shrink from the idea of nonquantitative studies as though nonquantitative questions were not worthy of study. 5. This claim is necessarily true at least for complex societies such as the United States. 6. The non-functioning of (6) and (7) as compliments in English can be explained, in part, by reference to the variability of values for complimenting from culture to culture (cf.

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