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Title:'If your dress gets missing, I shall buy one': compliments and compliment response strategies in English in Ghana
Authors:Anderson, Jemima Asabea
Asiama-Ossom, Charity AfisemISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Legon Journal of the Humanities (ISSN 0855-1502)
Volume:21
Pages:127-162
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:language usage
English language
customs
sociolinguistics
interpersonal relations
language
Compliments
Abstract:This study reports an analysis of compliments and responses to compliments by selected speakers of English in Ghana. The analysis is based on a combination of participant observer schedules and recall protocol questionnaire. The population for the study is drawn from speakers of English selected from a university in Ghana. The findings of the study show that in making and responding to compliments, speakers of English in Ghana show positive transfer of complimenting strategies from Ghanaian languages and cultures into the English language spoken in Ghana. These transferred elements, which are typical structures that are used to pay compliments in many Ghanaian languages, give the English language that is spoken in Ghana its distinctive pragmatic features. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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