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Title: Approaching Characters through Conversation: An Application of Co-operative and Politeness Principles to Two Amharic Plays
???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Dr. Berhanu Mathewos
Haweni, Gonfa
Keywords: Approaching Characters;Conversation:;Co-operative and Politeness;Amharic Plays
Issue Date: 25-Nov-2012
Publisher: aau
Abstract: This study is a discourse analysis of two selected plays of Getnet Enyew namely, Etege Taytu (Empress Taytu) and Wubetn Flega (Quest for Beauty). It aims to demonstrate how frameworks from pragmatics and discourse analysis can be used to study dramatic conversation. With this purpose in mind, the study attempts to show how it is possible to study dramatic characters through their conversational behavior. To this end, the conversational principles of politeness and co-operation are used as frameworks to study the dramatic characters in the selected Amharic plays. Pragmatic theories and principles of conversation lay down ground rules as to how participants' conversational behavior should be designed. Applying these conversational theories while studying dramatic dialogue, is believed to be so yielding in that it reveals much about the characters and their relationship with one another. In support of this idea Akalu (1997) states that through the social theories of conversation suggested by principles of co-operation and politeness it is possible to study the characters. To this end carefully selected conversational extracts will be examined in light of the selected frameworks of analysis to demonstrate as to how characters can be approached through their conversational behavior. The study has shown that pragmatic principles are resourceful means of studying dramatic dialogue. Using the selected frameworks from pragmatics an attempt is made to demonstrate how it is possible to study dramatic characters through their conversational behavior. The analysis has shown that the change in characters' personality trait is implicated by the change in their conversational strategy. Moreover, it has been shown that characters' attitude towards one another, how they exploit one another in conversation and the sort of power relationship between them is inferable from their conversational behavior.
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