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PhD Research School in Linguistics and Philology

Joseph Avodo

Politeness in Secondary School in Cameroon

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Initial project description:

“My project is on the study of politeness in teacher-student interaction, with the main focus on the teacher’s speech. The aim of the research is to describe the impersonal relationships between teacher and student through linguistic realizations of politeness, to link those discourse strategies to educational background on one hand; and to link the interactional attitudes with the Cameroonian philosophy of education on the other hand. The research is based on empirical approach based on analysis of naturalling occurrings collected by audio recording of lessons in Cameroonian secondary schools, their transcription for analysis. The framework for analysis is Kerbrat-Orecchioni’s approach of politeness. The analysis which is qualitative and quantative will focus on the study of speech acts and the speech turn.”

Avodo successfully defended his thesis on 22 June 2012.