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Title

ADAMS’ FAITH-BASED COUNSELLING CASES

Authors

AYANSOLA Abayomi, National Universities Commission, Abuja, Nigeria

Published

© Ife Studies in English Language Vol. 12(2) 2016, pp. 50-70

Language

English

Abstract:

Face-redressive discourse devices are designed to assuage the emotion of the hearer following certain interactionally required politically verbal aggression which is necessitated by the situational power of the counsellor. The paper examines the influences of situational variables on the use of face-redressive strategies in Christian counselling, drawing insights from Ting-Toomey (1999) on the “four faces of face” and Lim and Bowers (1991) three types of face work. In the case of Christian counselling, speakers’ power difference, rather than relational intimacy as was the case with Lim and Bowers (1991), is the strongest predictor of face work manifestations including the strategies for face-redress. Such strategies help to sustain rapport and diffuse pre-mediatory as well as on-going face-aggravation that underlies the perceived “intrusion” of the mediator into the affairs of the parties. This study extends the face work theory by Brown and Levinson in order to explain the situational factors which are peculiar to Christian mediatory discourse and the strategies that are involved in augmenting its unavoidable face-aggravation.

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