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The Sociopragmatics of Attitude Datives in Levantine Arabic$
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Youssef A. Haddad

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474434072

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474434072.001.0001

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Speaker-Oriented Attitude Datives in Social Context

Speaker-Oriented Attitude Datives in Social Context

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The Sociopragmatics of Attitude Datives in Levantine Arabic

Youssef A. Haddad

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the social functions of speaker-oriented attitude datives in Levantine Arabic. It analyzes these datives as perspectivizers used by a speaker to instruct her hearer to view her as a form of authority in relation to him, to the content of her utterance, and to the activity they are both involved in. The nature of this authority depends on the sociocultural, situational, and co-textual context, including the speaker’s and hearer’s shared values and beliefs, their respective identities, and the social acts employed in interaction. The chapter analyzes specific instances of speaker-oriented attitude datives as used in different types of social acts (e.g., commands, complaints) and in different types of settings (e.g., family talk, gossip). It also examines how these datives interact with facework, politeness, and rapport management.

Keywords:   attitude datives, Levantine Arabic, authority, context, social acts, family talk, gossip, facework, politeness, rapport management

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