Relational practices in Norwegian students’ e-mail requests in English A focus on openings and closings

Milica Savić (1)
(1) Department of Education and Sports Science Faculty of Arts and Education University of Stavanger, Norway

Abstract

The paper explores relational practices in openings and closings in Norwegian students’ e-mail requests in English. It investigates the range of opening and closing sequences and the frequency of their occurrence as well as their variation depending on the level of request imposition and social distance between the e-mail writer and the lecturer. The very high frequency of occurrence of openings and closings, considered to be optional e-mail elements, in a small corpus of 109 authentic e-mails demonstrates a clear orientation to interpersonal aspects of communication. An orientation to familiarity was identified in the openings while a slight preference for deference was found in the closings. Social distance appeared to affect relational practices to a greater extent than the level of imposition.

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Authors

Milica Savić
milica.savic@uis.no (Primary Contact)
Author Biography

Milica Savić, Department of Education and Sports Science Faculty of Arts and Education University of Stavanger

Milica Savić is Associate Professor of English Linguistics in the Department of Education and Sports Science, Faculty of Arts and Education, University of Stavanger, Norway. She holds a PhD degree in Applied linguistics from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Her main fields of research include interlanguage pragmatics, pragmatics instruction in EFL contexts, linguistic politeness in e-mail communication, and critical literacy. She has published a monograph entitled Politeness through the Prism of Requests, Apologies and Refusals. A Case of Advanced Serbian EFL Learners (2014, Cambridge Scholars Publishing), and authored/co-authored a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on EFL learners’ pragmatic competence, metapragmatic awareness, peer assessment, pronunciation instruction, EFL teaching and teacher education.

Savić, M. (2019). Relational practices in Norwegian students’ e-mail requests in English A focus on openings and closings. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 19(1), 1016. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v19i1.776

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