THE SPEECH ACT OF THANKING

Huda Najim, Asst Saleema, Abd Alzahra
2017 unpublished
This discussion of the speech act of thanking looks at the basic functions of the act and responses to it. It is argued that in general, "thank you" expressions are used to express appreciation of benefits and to enhance rapport between interlocutors, and that this basic use is extended to the functions of conversational opening, changing, stopping, closing, leave-taking, and offering positive reinforcement. A further use is to express dissatisfaction or discomfort indirectly, often using
more » ... , often using sarcasm and often with differential intonation. Six types of response to the use of "thank you" are identified (acceptance, denial, reciprocity, comment, nonverbal gesture, no response), the choice of which is determined by factors such as relationship of the interlocutors and communicative intent. The paper falls into two chapters , the first one deals with the theory of speech acts and its classification ; the second one tackles the speech act of thanking in particular with its functions and responses. The conclusions are summed up at the end of the paper.
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