publication . Article . Other literature type . 1996

Reconsidering power and distance

Helen Spencer-Oatey;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 1996 Journal: Journal of Pragmatics, volume 26, pages 1-24 (issn: 0378-2166, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: United Kingdom
A wide range of studies indicate that power and distance affect the production and interpretation of language. However, this paper argues that greater consideration needs to be given to the conceptual nature of these dimensions, and to terminological usage. In the first half of the paper, the need for this consideration is explained. A number of pragmatic studies are examined, and this reveals that authors often use the same terms with different meanings, or different terms with the same meaning, and that the parameters are rarely explicitly defined. Then the paper reviews recent calls for an extra parameter of interlocutor relations to be added: for affect to b...
free text keywords: Linguistics and Language, Artificial Intelligence, Language and Linguistics, Social distance, Unitary state, Pragmatics, Terminology, Linguistics, Social psychology, Conceptualization, Psychological research, Psychology, BF, P1
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