Politeness Strategies in Request Among Ga Learners of English

Rebecca Akpanglo-Nartey


This study examines the use of politeness strategies in request by young learners of English in Ghana as they communicate with their peers and also their teachers. It aims at unearthing the strategies children mostly use when they have to make a request. The assumption is that the children use both positive and negative politeness strategies to make requests among themselves and with their teachers. The participants were asked to role-play requests based on scenarios that focused on different power relations, social distance, and cost of imposition.


Power relations;Ghana; Social distance; Cost of imposition; Role-play; Requests; Communicate

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/9542


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