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"Ooh whoops I'm sorry". Teenagers' uses of apologies


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Research on (im)politeness has drawn attention to the ways in which norms and perceptions of politeness of speech act may differ depending on the speech event, culture and who the speakers are. Apologies are, for example, closely associated with politeness and face concerns but they also have a potential for discursive and strategic impoliteness. This paper will explore how teenagers use apology expressions such as excuse me(I'm) sorry , (I beg your) pardon in mocking or sarcastic ways to construct a particular identity.

The apology expressions have been collected from the COLT Corpus (the Bergen Corpus of London Teenage Language) which consists of about half a million words of teenage spoken language. The starting-point for the research comes from the observation that the apology phrases were strikingly more frequent in COLT than in corresponding corpora with adult speakers (the London-Lund Corpus of Spoken English, the spoken part of the British component of the ICE-Corpus). It can therefore be hypothesized that teenagers use apologies differently from adults.

The focus is on the following research questions: How are apologies used by teenagers for fighting, teasing, mock politeness, joking, novelty and creativity? In what ways is the insincere interpretation of the apology expression signaled linguistically and prosodically? It will be argued that the apologies are used strategically by the teenagers to construct a social identity and to establish solidarity with members of their peer group.


Karin Aijmer, professor em., engelsk språkvetenskap

Datum: 2018-02-01

Tid: 13:15 - 14:30

Kategorier: Forskning, Humaniora, Lingvistik

Arrangör: institutionen för språk och litteraturer

Plats: Humanisten,Renströmsgatan 6

Kontaktperson: Evie Coussé och Laura Downing

Sidansvarig: Webbredaktionen|Sidan uppdaterades: 2018-01-11

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