An Analysis of the Differences Between Praise and Flattery by the Co-operative Principle

Changfeng Zhu
2018 English Language and Literature Studies  
This paper will distinguish praise and flattery based on the Gricean maxims of the Co-operative Principle and the four maxims. Through the comparative studies and typical instances, we found that Praise contains two necessary parts: the facts and their approval or admiring feelings of the addressee. Both of them should be quantity-proper, true, relevant and in a clear way; while flattery sits on opposite ends of a spectrum.
doi:10.5539/ells.v8n1p61 fatcat:heqpvrxyyje7rekxztb4cwdm4a