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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

B. Jean Longmire

First Committee Member

David Baral

Second Committee Member

Marilyn E. Draheim


The present study is aimed at analyzing ways of signaling politeness in the English language compared to the Spanish language with the purpose of helping ESL (English as a second language) and EFL (English as a foreign language) teachers to teach how politeness is achieved in English. ESL/EFL students should know how politeness is accomplished in English in order to communicate effectively in meetings held in English. In essence, I clarify what ways of signaling verbal politeness are found in English and how ESL/EFL teachers can integrate the teaching of those forms through interactions.



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