oa Alternation - The Interdisciplinary of Pragmatics and Politeness Theory with Reference to Chinua Achebe's No Longer At Ease

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



This paper explores the relationships between Pragmatics and Politeness Theory as an apparatus for accounting for the dynamics of post-colonial texts whose intention is to redefine and reshape post-colonial societies. The paper proceeds from a plenary talk presented at the 17th Triennial Congress of the FILLM held in Novi Sad in Yugoslavia in August of 1990 by Professor Roger Sell of Abo Akedemi University in Finland. The first part of my paper is an extrapolation of the definitions about Pragmatics and Politeness Theory which he offered to the gathering and which he illustrated with reference to the poetry of T.S. Eliot.

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