"I don't think it's the whole story!" : a case study of the linguistic face management strategies of dyslexic adults.

Henderson, Layle (2009) "I don't think it's the whole story!" : a case study of the linguistic face management strategies of dyslexic adults. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Dyslexia is primarily a neurobiological disorder and much research has been conducted on this (see for example Coltheart 1996; Shaywitz and Shaywitz 2000 and 2004). However, little has been done which investigates the social construction of dyslexia. Because dyslexia affects reading, writing and spelling to varying degrees, although it may originate from genetic inheritance, it manifests itself in social spheres. Brown and Levinson‟s (1987) Face Theory states that people use strategies to minimise the damage to the positive face of others. My research focuses on how dyslexic individuals use linguistic strategies to minimise potential face-threatening acts or FTAs against themselves and in so doing preserve their own positive face. Using elements of Face Theory and APPRAISAL I constructed a typology reflecting these linguistic face management devices of adults with dyslexia. With this research I hope to contribute to the field in an innovative and meaningful manner through an exploration of the linguistic face management strategies used in the management of positive face.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Dyslexia - Case studies, Dyslexia - Social aspects, Dyslexia - Psychological aspects, Politeness (Linguistics), Sociolinguistics
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > English Language and Linguistics
Supervisors:De Vos, Mark Andrew, 1975-
ID Code:1829
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:09 Dec 2010 12:55
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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