A Pragmatic Survey of Nigerian Expression of Politeness


This paper investigates politeness as a pragmatic principle in the conversation venture. The paper explores the scholarly views on politeness and concluded in view of those submissions that Nigeria as a country has adopted English for use to meet it local needs. As a result, Nigerians pragmatically have developed unique and consistent ways of expressing politeness. So, the paper draws examples from actual speech situations of some Nigerians who speak popular Nigerian English in places of social interactions , uses them to show some of the strategies adopted by Nigerians to express politeness. The results of the survey shows that Nigerian ways of expressing politeness are in tandem with politeness strategies as generally postulated by scholars on the subject, thus, reconfirming politeness as a reality in most conversational discourse.

Keywords: Nigerian Expression And Politeness, Pragmatics, Survey

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Pages: 12-18 (Download PDF)

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