Face, Communication and Social Interaction - Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini

Face, Communication and Social Interaction - Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini

14. Finding face between gemeinschaft and gesellschaft: Greek perceptions of the in-group

Face, Communication and Social Interaction - Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini

Marina Terkourafi [+-]
University of Illinois
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I am a pragmatician with wide-ranging interests in the social parameters that constrain the generation of meanings locally (socio-pragmatics), the psycholinguistic processes by which these meanings are acquired and implemented in real time (experimental pragmatics), and the historical processes that shape the interactional potential of language resources over time (historical pragmatics).

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This paper attempts to flesh out an integrated theoretical proposal about the application of the notion of face to different socio-historical settings. Following a new definition of a universalising notion of face, I look to the field of sociology, and in particular to the work of the German sociologist Tönnies about Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft, for a principled way to link the proposed abstract, universalising notion of face with its several, seemingly diverging, local interpretations. In the last part of this essay, I explore the explanatory potential of this proposal taking contemporary Greek society as a case-study.

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Terkourafi, Marina. 14. Finding face between gemeinschaft and gesellschaft: Greek perceptions of the in-group. Face, Communication and Social Interaction. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 269 - 288 May 2009. ISBN 9781845539139. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19078. Date accessed: 05 Mar 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19078. May 2009

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