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13 - A Place for pliis in Finnish

A Discourse-Pragmatic Variation Account of Position

from Part III - Language Contact Settings

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 July 2022

Elizabeth Peterson
Affiliation:
University of Helsinki
Turo Hiltunen
Affiliation:
University of Helsinki
Joseph Kern
Affiliation:
University of Virginia’s College at Wise
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Summary

This study offers a discourse–pragmatic variationist overview of the use of pliis ’please’ in Finnish requests, making use of two different sets of computer–mediated communication (CMC) data. The aim of the chapter is to elucidate previous findings, which suggest that, unlike the heritage lexical politeness marker kiitos, pliis is preferred in a clause–internal position. This finding raises questions about the nativization process and penetrability of the clause in remote language contact settings. As such, our study addresses a challenge of discourse–pragmatic variation studies: accountability when dealing with linguistic variables that are by definition functionally ambiguous. Thus, we underscore the need for especially discourse–pragmatic studies to make use of multiple datasets, even when addressing what appears to be a straightforward question. Second, the chapter also has the benefit of contributing to the overall knowledge of requests in Finnish, about which there is relatively little quantitative research.

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Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change
Theory, Innovations, Contact
, pp. 272 - 290
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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