Perspective and politeness in Finnish requests

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Peterson , E 2010 , ' Perspective and politeness in Finnish requests ' , Pragmatics , vol. 20 , no. 3 , pp. 401-423 . <*HOME&n=1409 >

Title: Perspective and politeness in Finnish requests
Author: Peterson, Elizabeth
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
Date: 2010
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Pragmatics
ISSN: 1018-2101
Abstract: This study makes use of elicited request speech act data in Finnish to view variability of personal perspective and T/V forms across a variety of situations. The speakers exhibited a great deal of congruency when they were scripted as addressing someone familiar, being in a position of equal or higher status than the interlocutor, and when the request was considered a low imposition. In such situations, speakers tended to use a second person perspective, with informal T/V forms. The Finnish T-forms were found to be the default form, showing up in half of the request utterances. The Finnish V-forms showed up in only 10 percent of the requests. A variationist analysis using Varbrul complemented the main findings, but was found to not be a reliable tool for elicited pragmatic data, using sociopragmatic factors as independent variables.
Subject: 612 Languages and Literature
Keywords: Perspective; Forms of address; Finnish; Requests; Speech acts; Pragmatic variation.

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