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This study explored the influences of relational elements and the background of communicators on the framing structure of email messages that were exchanged in an educational Institute in Malaysia. The investigation revealed that social distance played a more significant role than power relations as Malaysian respondents are, generally, more polite to distant colleagues than they are to close colleagues regardless of their organizational position. It was also revealed that the ethnic backgrounddoi:10.7575/aiac.alls.v.6n.2p.44 fatcat:yndbvhlkzrdshhs4d7yal7htoa