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Journal of Politeness Research

Language, Behaviour, Culture

Ed. by Grainger, Karen

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

Helen Spencer-Oatey
Published Online: 2005-07-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jplr.2005.1.1.95


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 illustrate how people's judgments about rapport can be unpackaged in relation to these elements. The approach enables us to gain a deeper understanding of the factors that influence people's dynamic judgments of rapport, which is essential if we are to understand how and why problems of rapport occur.

Keywords: face; politeness; rapport; values; identity; culture

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Published Online: 2005-07-27

Published in Print: 2005-01-01

Citation Information: Journal of Politeness Research. Language, Behaviour, Culture, ISSN (Online) 1613-4877, ISSN (Print) 1612-5681, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jplr.2005.1.1.95.

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