Volume 10, Issue 2, Autumn 2007, Page 7-401

The Use of 'Praise' Speech ActIn Selected Texts of the Holy Bible

Lecturer. Dr; Asst.Prof.Dr. Riyadh Tariq Kadhim Al-Ameedi; Asst.Lecturer. Iman Khudhair Al-Abodi

for humanities sciences al qadisiya, 2007, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 7-16

AbstractHuman beings living in a community interact with each other everyday and friction becomes inevitable. In order to reduce friction and maintain peace and social harmony, each society has developed certain sets of rules. These rules, as called by Lakoff (1979); are "politeness rules". Praise is, in fact, part of the positive politeness strategies which people always need to give them support and confidence. It represents a social strategy in that the speaker attempts to create rapport with the addressee by expressing approval. For the sake of presenting and discussing the act of praising whether explicit or implicit, this research aims at proving the linguistic devices of praise in selected texts of the Holy Bible focusing on three aspects: pragmatics, semantics and syntax.