Analysis on the use of politeness strategies in a scene of The Crown

Keywords: pragmatics, politeness theory, politeness strategies

Abstract

This article aims to analyze the positive and negative politeness strategies speakers employ to avoid threatening the addresses’ face in the series The Crown (2017) in season 02, episode 08 entitled Dear Mrs. Kennedy. The analysis is held in light of the Politeness Theory by Brown and Levinson (1987, first published in 1978). It could be observed through a qualitative analysis that when there is a relation of power between the speaker and the hearer, the speaker tends to use bald on record expressions, whereas when the speaker is the subordinate, he/she tends to utter negative strategies and hedges to mitigate the threat to the hearer’s face.

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Author Biography

Ana Carolina Moura Pompeu, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Mestre em Letras pela Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), em Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil; doutoranda em Linguística pela Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), em Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil; professora autônoma de Língua Inglesa, em Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil.

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Published
2021-12-15
How to Cite
Pompeu, A. C. M. (2021). Analysis on the use of politeness strategies in a scene of The Crown. BELT - Brazilian English Language Teaching Journal, 12(1), e41365. https://doi.org/10.15448/2178-3640.2021.1.41365