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Salut! Ça va? Vous avez passé un bon weekend?


Peeters, BL, Salut! Ca va? Vous avez passe un bon weekend?, Journal of French Language Studies, 9, (2) pp. 239-257. ISSN 0959-2695 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0959269500004701


Using Wierzbicka's natural semantic metalanguage, this paper sets out to show the pragmatic differences between ‘health enquiries’ and ‘weekend routines’ in French and (Australian) English. In French, except in rare cases, ‘health enquiries’ and ‘weekend routines’ must be introduced by means of a greeting of some sort. In (Australian) English, they may take the place of conventional greeting behaviour. Phaticity in the case of the English phrases is considerably higher than in the case of the French phrases, which, in the context of an intercultural encounter, may result in pragmalinguistic and/or sociopragmatic failure. © 1999, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Language studies
Research Field:French language
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Languages and linguistics
UTAS Author:Peeters, BL (Dr Bert Peeters)
ID Code:17170
Year Published:1999
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-05

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