Conversational Moves in Talking about Body-image in all Female Interactions



This paper examines the extracts taken from daily conversations as well as from a serial TV play respectively involving female postgraduate students and professional women. The aim of this research is to see whether Guendouzi’s (2004) conversational moves in talking about body-size can be generalized. The extracts are analyzed based on Guendouzi’s model and Brown and Levinson’s (1987) face threat theory. It is found that Guendouzi’s model is only applicable in the circumstance when the speaker exposes herself to face threat. A new model, which fits the situation when the speaker exposes the hearer to face threat, has been tentatively noted based on the analysis of data.
Key words: body-image, face threat, politeness, conversational moves
Résumé: Le présent article examine des extraits des conversations quotidiennes ainsi que ceux d’un feuilleton télévisuel qui concernent respectivement les étudiantes chercheuses et les femmes professionnelles. Le but de cette étude est de vérifier si le mouvement conversationnel de Guendouzi (2004) dans la discussion sur la taille du corps peut être généralisé. Les extraits sont analysés sur la base du modèle de Guendouzi et la théorie d’affronter le menace de Brown et Levinson (1987). On trouve que le modèle de Guendouzi n’est applicable qu’à la circonstance dans laquelle l’orateur expose lui-même au menace. Un nouveau modèle, qui convient à la situation dans laquelle l’orateur expose l’auditeur au menace, a été expérimentalement marqué sur la base de l’analyse des données.
Mots-Clés: image du corps, affronter le menace, politesse, mouvement conversationnel
摘 要:本文以 Guendouzi在 2004年提出的話步模式和 Levinson在 1987年提出的威脅面子理論位框架對語料進行分析,研究發現 Guendouzi提出的話步只適用於說話人把自己的面子暴露在外的境況,本文根據對語料的分析嘗試性地提出了說話人把聽話人的面子暴露出來的話步。

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