IMPLICATURE AND COMMUNICATION: AN APPROACH FROM DISCOURSE ANALYSIS LENS

IMPLICATURE AND COMMUNICATION: AN APPROACH FROM DISCOURSE ANALYSIS LENS

Author by Dr. Gift Okata

Journal/Publisher: Babcock University Journal Of History And International Studies (bujohis)

Volume/Edition: 5

Language: English

Pages: 53 - 68

Abstract

Communication has often been viewed as a phenomenon that involves the written and spoken aspects of language. This negates the fact that communication involves the totality of language use - spoken, written, gestures, grimace and other paralinguistic modes of communication. This study therefore x-rays the communicative function of language in intrapersonal, interpersonal, public and mass communication discourses with the view to explain how the Christian counsellor (CC) redresses the face incursion of clients with linguistic elements. Using  a total of seven utterances purposively selected and quantitative analytical method based on Brown and Levinson (1976) Politeness Theory, Paul Grice (1965) theory of conversational implicatures and Littlejohn and Foss (2005) symbolic convergence theory of human communication, the paper carried out a  the analysis of the selected data

Findings showed that the counsellor employed a face-saving strategy of “it-is-you-that-said” approach in the elicitation of desired quantity of information from the client in order to have a clearer picture underlying the various narratives in the discourses. The paper concludes among others that the face-management strategies are contributory to effective Christian counselling (CC) hence; Face Threatening Acts (FTA) can hardly be avoided in CC since the genre is inherently face-aggravating. Such strategies include the use of positive politeness through which love and unity is professed by the participants across board in sustaining a rewarding interaction.


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