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Title

MOCK-IMPOLITENESS AS A DISCURSIVE PRACTICE IN DRAUGHT PLAYING

Authors

BAMGBOSE Ganiu, University of Ibadan.

Published

© Ife Studies in English Language Vol. 12(2) 2016, pp. 91-103

Language

English

Abstract:

Most works in the field of pragmatics and discourse analysis in Nigeria have investigated transactional discourses at the expense of interactional discourses. This paper therefore considers the phenomenon of mock-impoliteness in the pleasure discourse of draught game in Nigeria with a view to determining how participants in the game create and orient towards impolite expressions. The data for the study were gathered in Ibadan, Oyo State and Osogbo, Osun State. Five recordings were made in each state at different spots of the game. The data which were originally in Yoruba were transcribed and glossed by the researcher. Culpepper’s impolite strategies of positive impoliteness, negative impoliteness, sarcasm, withhold impoliteness and bald on record were used as the analytical tools together with Austin’s performative acts. The paper finds that in an interactional discourse setting like draught playing, impolite utterances are uttered and understood as affiliative, facilitating and humorous expressions which sustain this kind of activity type. Impolite expressions are therefore only to be contextually interpreted.

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