Analyzing the Meaning in Interaction in Politeness Strategies in Scent of a Woman


Author(s): Ning ZHAO

Discourse analysis is conducted to analyze the "face-threatening acts" (FTA) in some conversations of Scent of a Woman (1993), the Best Picture of Oscar in 1993. Brown and Levinson's (1978) framework of positive politeness or negative politeness is adopted to examine how a cynical old colonel talked with a nice junior and a beautiful girl respectively in unconventional ways, which enable them to develop friendship thanks to the (im)politeness strategies used, e.g. bald-on-record or off-record tactic. The "meaning in interaction" in the (im)politeness strategies is explored. The analysis of politeness in action in this film uncovers both the informational and affective dimensions of language use in structuring human relationship and friendship.


You can send your paper at

  • The Journal of International Social Research / Uluslararası Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi ISSN: 1307-9581, an international, peer-reviewed, on the web publication, from 2007 will be issued least four times annualy.
  • Our journal is an independent academic publication based on research in social sciences, contributing to its field and trying to publish scientific articles that will bring innovation to the original and social sciences.
  • The journal has got an international editorial board and referee board, mainly embodied from the each individually professional on the social research fields.
  • Uluslararası Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi / The Journal of International Social Research became a member of Cross Reff since 2014 and started to assign DOI numbers to the articles. image
Google Scholar citation report
Citations : 27

The Journal of International Social Research received 27 citations as per Google Scholar report

The Journal of International Social Research peer review process verified by publons
Get the App