Directive Speech Acts in English and Spanish Filmspeak

De Pablos-Ortega, Carlos (2020) Directive Speech Acts in English and Spanish Filmspeak. Sociocultural Pragmatics, 8 (1). ISSN 2194-8313

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Abstract

The main aim of the study is to ascertain contrastively, in English and Spanish, how directive speech acts are represented in film discourse. For the purpose of the investigation, the directive speech acts of 24 films, 12 in English and 12 in Spanish, were extracted and analysed. A classification taxonomy, inspired by previous research, was created in order to categorize the different types of directive speech acts and determine their level of (in)directness. The results show that indirectness is more widely represented in the English than in the Spanish film scripts, thus confirming the assertion that being indirect is a distinctive feature of English native speakers (Grundy, 2008). This research makes a valuable contribution to the exploration of speech acts in filmspeak and informs the existing local grammar descriptions of the linguistic patterns of directive speech acts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: directive speech acts,film discourse,directness,indirectness,mitigation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2020 23:41
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2020 23:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/76249
DOI: 10.1515/soprag-2020-0001

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