Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Revisiting Facework with a new analysis instrument

Face strategies and face negotiation in intercultural communication

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This paper introduces the Analysis Framework of Face Interaction (AFFI) which is developed based on a new face dimension termed Face Confirmation − Face Confrontation at two levels: Individual level within the group and Collective level between groups. This proposed framework of face analysis reveals a dearth of research on face confrontation as essential communication strategies. It also points out how the mainstream research on facework has been limited on the collective level of analysis.

The authors argue that using AFFI will help researchers reduce cultural over-generalisation; enable them to involve more specific cultural, contextual and situational characteristics of each face case to analyse face negotiation from a more holistic perspective.

Reference Nguyen-Phuong, M., Terlouw, C., & Pilot, A. (2014). Revisiting Facework with a new analysis instrument: Face strategies and face negotiation in intercultural communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication, November 2014(36). http://www.immi.se/intercultural/nr36/nguyen.html

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Nov 2014

Author(s)

Cees Terlouw
Albert Pilot

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