Show simple item record Obeng, Samuel Gyasi 2008-08-04T14:30:06Z 2008-08-04T14:30:06Z 1999
dc.identifier.citation Obeng, Samuel Gyasi. "Requests in Akan discourse." Anthropological Linguistics 41, no. 2 (1999): 230-251. en
dc.description This article was posted with permission from the University of Nebraska Press. en
dc.description.abstract This article explores the linguistic and sequential structure of Akan requests which are either direct or indirect. It is shown that direct requests are made as commands and may be preceded by an address form relating to the "requestee" and followed by a sentence justifying the request, whereas indirect requests are either conventional (i.e., expressed by hedging devices, acknowledgment of an imposition, and pronoun switching) or nonconventional (i.e., expressed by hints, proverbs, and metaphors). In both direct and indirect request events, the request-offer or request-refusal sequence may be interspersed with insertion sequences. Because of the collective nature of Akan society, requests are generally considered neither impositions nor a face-threat to the recipient, unless the requestee ignores the sociocultural and communicative contexts of the interaction. en
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dc.publisher University of Nebraska Press en
dc.rights Anthropological Linguistics was published by the Dept. of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington and the American Indian Studies Research Institute. It is currently published by the University of Nebraska Press. Please contact the University of Nebraska Press for permission to reproduce or reuse this article. en
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dc.subject Ghana en
dc.subject West Africa en
dc.subject discourse analysis en
dc.subject sociolinguistics en
dc.title Requests in Akan discourse. en
dc.type Article en

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