|A Principled Understanding of Compliment Functions Based on a New Version of Brown and Levinson’s Face|
|Abstract||No research (to our limited knowledge) has focused on or achieved a clear and principled understanding of the functions of compliment. The present paper, firstly, based on the definition of “face” by Brown and Levinson (1987), suggests a new version of their “face” (two universal concepts): negative need and positive need; secondly, with the help of the speech role classification by Halliday (2004), this paper puts forward a new theoretical model of human interaction (which has yielded new definitions of im/politeness); finally, the paper applies the new theoretical model of human interaction to the functions of compliment with an attempt to achieve a principled understanding of the functions.|
; Compliment Function
|Affiliation||The college of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Lanzhou University, No. 222 South, Tianshui Road, Lanzhou, Gansu 730000, the People’s Republic of China|
Wang, Yang. A Principled Understanding of Compliment Functions Based on a New Version of Brown and Levinson’s Face. 2018.
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