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La cortesía verbal: El grado del uso de la cortesía verbal por suecos e hispanos al hablar español
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2014 (Spanish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Politeness : The extent to which politeness is used by Swedes and Hispanos when speaking Spanish (English)
Abstract [en]

The following study deals with politeness and the degree to which it is employed by Swedes and native Spanish speakers, or Hispanos, when speaking Spanish. Also dealt with are the perceptions these speakers have regarding their personal proficiencies in Spanish as well as others’ and the extent to which politeness is utilised during discourse in Spanish between the people claiming these ethnic identities. The ethnic identities studied are Swedes and Hispanos living in Sweden, speaking both Spanish and Swedish fluently.

The study serves to investigate the probability of one ethnic group being more polite than the other and seeks to determine which one it is.

The use of a questionnaire was made to gather information to be used to resolve the research questions in addition to proving the various hypotheses. A total of 60 questionnaires were handed out, with each one containing 54 questions encompassing a number of subjects. Out of these 60 questionnaires, 45 were returned. Additionally, the respondents were grouped into two sets. The first included persons perceived by the author to be Hispanos, the second included persons perceived to be Swedish. The questionnaires were divided equally among these two groups. The resulting information was then applied to the hypotheses and used to respond to the research questions.

The results of this investigation showed that both Swedes and Hispanos were more polite when speaking Spanish with Swedes, although the Hispanos are shown to generally be more polite. Although answering every research question, the results proved only the final hipothesis, effectively rendering the first two hypotheses incorrect.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 23 p.
Keyword [en]
Hispano, Swede, politeness, ethnic identity, impolite
Keyword [es]
Hispanohablante, suecos, la cortesía verbal, identidad étnica, descortés
National Category
Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31661OAI: diva2:692500
Subject / course
Educational program
Language, Culture and Communication Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-02-28 Created: 2014-01-25 Last updated: 2014-02-28Bibliographically approved

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