(Im)Politeness, Face and Perceptions of Rapport: Unpackaging their Bases and Interrelationships

  title={(Im)Politeness, Face and Perceptions of Rapport: Unpackaging their Bases and Interrelationships},
  author={Helen Spencer-Oatey},
Abstract This paper takes rapport (Spencer-Oatey 2000, 2002) as its central concern, since (im)politeness is typically associated in some way with harmonious/conflictual interpersonal relations. The paper discusses the factors that influence people's dynamic perceptions of rapport, and proposes that there are three key elements: behavioral expectations, face sensitivities, and interactional wants. The paper explores the components of these three elements and uses authentic discourse data to… Expand

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