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Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668434

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668434.001.0001

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Suggesting, apologizing, complimenting

Suggesting, apologizing, complimenting

English speech-act verbs

(p.156) 7 Suggesting, apologizing, complimenting
Words and Meanings

Cliff Goddard

Anna Wierzbicka

Oxford University Press

The chapter looks into meanings of English speech act verbs in fine lexicological detail, identifying seven sub-classes, proposing a semantic template for each one, and tackling some classic issues in the speech-act theory, such as the nature of performative verbs. At the same time, the chapter highlights how certain highly English-specific speech-act concepts, such as suggest, apologise, and compliment, are semantically adapted, so to speak, to fit with Anglo cultural values and Anglo assumptions about social interaction.

Keywords:   speech acts, semantic template, verb classes, performative verbs, cross-cultural pragmatics

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