THE COMPLIMENTS AND THE COMPLIMENT RESPONSES USED BY THE CHARACTERS IN WHAT WOMEN WANT

  • Nani I. Tiono Faculty of Letters, Petra Christian University
  • Irene Nova Faculty of Letters, Petra Christian University
Keywords: compliments, compliment responses, gender, social status

Abstract

This study is aimed to reveal the type of compliments and the compliment responses produced by the main female character that is superior and on the responses produced by the main male character that is subordinate in the movie What Women Want. Finally, the research came up with the result that social status and gender did not always influence the way the main female superior character gave compliments toward the main male subordinate character and vice versa.

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Published
2007-10-01
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Articles