Journal article

Du rapport entre la négation et l’impolitesse dans les exchanges d’informations face a face en français.
The relationship between negation and impoliteness in the exchange of face-to-face information in French

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Publication Details

Author list: De Oliveira R

Publisher: Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho

Publication year: 2015

Journal: Alfa: Revista de Lingüística

Volume number: 59

Issue number: 3

Start page: 539

End page: 554

Total number of pages: 16

ISSN: 0002-5216

eISSN: 1981-5794



In this paper, I seek to analyze linguistic impoliteness in ordinary conversation in French and, more specifically, in the exchange of face-to-face information. Thanks to its functional structure (i.e. question-response), the exchange of information is a privileged type of interaction, in which we can observe the relationship between language and culture. Through an analysis of interactional mechanisms involving the recurring negative sequence (a) Je ne sais pas moi (literally : I don’t know, me), I interrogate what distinguishes (a) to the sequence (b) Moi je ne sais pas(literally : Me, I don’t know). Why and in which situations, or at which point in an interaction, does the speaker employ (a) rather than (b) or vice versa? What are the socio-interactive effects? What emerges from these comparisons in relation to the speaker’s style? My suggestion is to bring out some responses throughout a theoretical and methodological combinatory approach inputs from the linguistic polyphony, conversational analysis, the grammar of the emotions and the concept of [im]politeness.


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