English Language Power Theorists Quiz

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1. What did Brown and Levison define as a 'face threatening act'?

  • an act that damages the face of the addressee or the speaker by insulting their face
  • an act that damages the face of the addressee or the speaker by acting in opposition to the wants and desires of the other.
  • an act that damages the face of the addressee or the speaker by actually hurting them
  • an act that damages the face of the addressee or the speaker by threatening them in a social way
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2. If you were the submissive talker in a conversation, what would you be according to Fairclough?

  • The non-powerful participant
  • The less equal encounter
  • The powerful participant
  • The equal encounter

3. What is 'synthetic personalisation'?

  • The way in which advertising uses romanticised language such as "love" to construct a relationship
  • The way in which advertising uses subjective language such as "theirs" to construct a relationship
  • The way in which advertising uses personalised language such as "you" to construct a relationship
  • The way in which advertising uses possessive language such as "mine" to construct a relationship

4. Who said "language can be 'face saving' or 'face threatening'"

  • Fairclough
  • Wareing
  • Goffman
  • Brown and Levison

5. Which of these is not one of Robin Lakoff's politeness frameworks?

  • BE FRIENDLY
  • TAKE TURNS
  • GIVE OPTIONS
  • DON'T IMPOSE

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