NEGATIVE POLITENESS STRATEGIES IN THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER INERVIEW REPORTS ON XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

NEGATIVE POLITENESS STRATEGIES IN THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER INERVIEW REPORTS ON XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

Author by Dr. Gift Okata

Journal/Publisher: Journal Of Humanities And Social Science(jhss)

Volume/Edition: 20

Language: English

Pages: 203 - 217

Abstract

This paper considers Brown and Levinson’s Politeness theory in the area of negative politeness such as, hedging, and generalization. Using purposive random sampling technique based on Brown and Levinson’s theory of politeness to select 187  utterances from the punch newspaper reports on xenophobic attack returnee’s interview, the paper examined what constitute negative politeness strategies used by interviewers and returnees on xenophobic attack interviews in the Punch Newspaper. Findings show that interviewers and interviewees made use of negative politeness strategies although at various frequencies. Negative politeness strategies were employed to prevent imposition on the hearer and participants used more of hedging which enabled them avoid excessive certainty and achieve tactfulness. The paper recommends that there should be analysis of natural dialogues not on print media which may be devoid of paralinguistic forms of language. More so, Interviewers should have sufficient knowledge of the concept of negative politeness as this will enable them avoid absoluteness.


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