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  • Understand and be able to use the terms face, positive face, negative face
  • be able to identify a face threatening act
  • Understand and be able to use the terms positive politeness strategy, negative politeness strategy  
  • be able to identify where and how speaks satisfy the face needs of others


  • Face- A person's idea of their own self-image
  • Erving Goffman- came up with the 'face Theory' claiming that everyone has face needs which fall into two categories which are a negative face and a positive face needs.
  • Positive Face- The need to be liked, admired and appreciated
  • Negative Face- The need…


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