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dc.contributor.authorWalkinshaw, Ian
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Nathaniel
dc.contributor.authorSubhan, Sophiaan
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines how Asian speakers of English as a lingua franca employ self-denigration as a relational strategy (i.e. contributing to the ongoing management of interpersonal relationships) in talk-in-interaction. The study applies a protocol informed by conversation analysis to illuminate the relational functions of self-denigration and the prosodic and paralinguistic features that help to accomplish these. The data indicate that self-denigration in the ACE corpus tends to occur in informal, non-role-assigning, non-task-focused interactions. It may present as a first-turn stand-alone utterance, or as a precursor to a speaker's positive self-evaluation, where it serves a downplaying function. It also occurs as a second turn in response to an interlocutor's praise, criticism, or neutral statement. In terms of its relational functions, self-denigration may perform a face-saving, face-maintaining, or even face-enhancing role for the producer and/or other interlocutors. It may also be employed to generate shared humour, promoting a sense of in-group solidarity among the participants. Finally, it may perform a socially moderating function – particularly in reaction to a praising utterance – wherein a speaker uses self-denigration to appear modest rather than inappropriately vain. Several such functions may be served simultaneously.
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Pragmatics
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCognitive and computational psychology
dc.subject.keywordsSocial Sciences
dc.subject.keywordsLanguage & Linguistics
dc.subject.keywordsAsian English speakers
dc.subject.keywordsEnglish as a lingua franca
dc.titleSelf-denigration as a relational strategy in lingua franca talk: Asian English speakers
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationWalkinshaw, I; Mitchell, N; Subhan, S, Self-denigration as a relational strategy in lingua franca talk: Asian English speakers, Journal of Pragmatics, 2019, 139, pp. 40-51
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gro.griffith.authorWalkinshaw, Ian S.
gro.griffith.authorBin Subhan, Sophiaan

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