Exploration of Impoliteness and Violation of Politeness Maxims among Undergraduates of Madonna University, Nigeria

https://doi.org/10.48185/spda.v2i2.223

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impoliteness, power relations, face threatening acts, impoliteness strategies, conflict

Abstract

It is not uncommon for people to take offence over what is said and how it is said. These actions often cause conflict and clash of interest in language use in society. Besides, scholars have decried the paucity of research on impoliteness. The paper therefore seeks to fill the gap in knowledge by conducting a research on impoliteness and maxim violations among undergraduates of Madonna University Nigeria, Okija campus.  The study employed the obstructive observation method to observe instances of maxim violations and impoliteness among the students for a period of four months from November 2020 to February2021. Data for the study were collected through recorded language use of the students which were done as not to deter the students in their conversations. The recorded texts were later transcribed and analysed.  Being a qualitative research, data for the study were analysed using a textual method. The analysis was done using Leechian politeness maxims. The paper concludes that studies on politeness and conversational maxim observance should be part of students’ curriculum in order to understand clearly how to avoid conflicts in language use in the university system.

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2021-12-31

How to Cite

Oboko, U. (2021). Exploration of Impoliteness and Violation of Politeness Maxims among Undergraduates of Madonna University, Nigeria . Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis, 2(2), 63–72. https://doi.org/10.48185/spda.v2i2.223

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