IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(2): 127-132 ISSN:2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.81

Politeness: Adolescents in Disagreements

T. S. Tengku Intan Suzila and M. N. Mohd Yusri

Abstract—Politeness is deemed vital in ensuring communication diplomacy. In unfolding adolescents’ oral strategies in handling disagreement, three variables-social distance, formality of issue and power differences were comparatively analyzed between L1 and L2. Conveniently selected adolescents were asked to complete discourses. Although medium used may not show significant differences, these variables may suggest influences in how adolescents handle spoken disagreements.

Index Terms—Adolescents, disagreement politeness, social distance, formality of issue, power difference.

T. S. Tengku Intan Suzila and M. N. Mohd Yusri are with the Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Cawangan Pahang, 26400Bandar Jengka, Malaysia (e-mail: intansuzila@ pahang.uitm.edu.my; mohdyusri@pahang.uitm.edu.my).

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Cite: T. S. Tengku Intan Suzila and M. N. Mohd Yusri, "Politeness: Adolescents in Disagreements," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 127-132, 2012.

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