The readings for this assignment are:
Wierzbicka , A. (1991) Cross-cultural pragmatics. The Hague: Mouton de Gruyter. Ch 2: “Different
cultures, different languages, different speech acts”
Hickey, L. (2005) Politeness in Spain: Thanks but no “thanks”. In L. Hickey and M. Stewart.
Politeness in Europe. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters
Béal, C. (1992) Did you have a good weekend: Or why there is no such thing as a simple question
in cross-cultural encounters. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 15(1), 23-52.
The texts are available in your reading book and on-line through the course home page or the
This assignment examines several accounts of a language issue and requires both analysis of the
accounts and synthesis of the material from these accounts to construct a new perspective on that
issue. Using these readings only answer the following question in a brief essay format: