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Compliments and Requests
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1. Compliments

A compliment is a polite speech act which explicitly or implicitly attributes credit to someone for something which is valued positively by the speaker and the hearer (Holmes 1986; Ye 1995). Research shows that for English speaking Americans, the major function of compliments is to establish and maintain social “rapport” between participants or a “reinforcement and/or creation of solidarity” between speaker and addressee (Manes and W…

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Cher Leng LEE, “Compliments and Requests”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000099>
First published online: 2015

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