Politeness strategies in email exchanges in Persian

Ahmad Izadi, Farzaneh Zilaie


Nowadays the use of email as a communicative device is very common among people. The present study focuses on the use of politeness strategies in email exchanges. This study attempts to find out what positive strategies are more frequently used by Iranian Persian speakers. For this purpose, a number of 60 emails exchanged between Persian speakers of both genders, with a fairly well ongoing relationship were collected. The use of “group identity markers” was found to be the most frequent positive politeness strategy, followed by the strategy “give gifts to H”. Finally, implications of the findings are discussed.


email exchanges, CMC, politeness, Persian

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