Politeness and Reviewers' Reports

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Author: Brian Paltridge
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Description: This chapter considers the reports in terms of theories of politeness. While the use of indirect speech acts is a strategy writers might use to save the face of an author who is being criticized for their work, there are many other strategies reviewers might use to achieve this purpose, such as apologizing (‘I am sorry to have to’) and impersonalizing an issue (‘It is generally not acceptable to’). Examples of these (and other) politeness strategies are examined in this chapter.
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