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Title(s)Responses to Thanks in Ireland, England and Canada: A Variational Pragmatic Perspective
CreatorBarron, Anne  0000-0003-2962-7985 (Institute of English Studies (IES), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg  02w2y2t16)
AbstractThe present study investigates responses to thanks across the varieties of Irish English, English English and Canadian English. Data are taken from the Lueneburg Direction-Giving (LuDiG) corpus, a specialised corpus of spoken direction-giving exchanges across pluricentric varieties constructed using Labovian-style methods. The analysis centres on the cross-varietal pragmatic choices made in responding to thanks on the level of tokens, types and strategies. Findings point to the broad universality of realisations of responses to thanks across the pluricentric varieties at hand. Variety-preferential choices are, however, also recorded on a national level, particularly in type and strategy preferences. While all varieties use a ‘minimising the favour’ strategy extensively, this strategy is employed to a comparatively higher degree in the Irish English and English English data. In contrast, the speakers of Canadian English use an ‘expressing appreciation of the addressee’ strategy to a comparatively larger extent. Speakers of Canadian English are suggested to orient more strongly to positive face needs, and speakers of Irish English and English English more strongly towards negative face needs. The paper also discusses the methodological challenges of contrasting spoken interactional data for cross-varietal pragmatic speech act analyses and shows some strengths of specialised corpora in this regard.
KeywordsCanadian English; English English; Irish English; Pragmatic Variation; Responses to Thanks; Variational Pragmatics
Year of publication in PubData2024
Publishing typeParallel publication
Publication versionPublished version
Date issued2022-06-09
Creation contextResearch
Published byMedien- und Informationszentrum, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
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Title of the resource typeCorpus Pragmatics
IdentifierDOI: 10.1007/s41701-022-00120-z
Publication year2022
Pages127 - 153
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
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