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    can anyone help me this this ?

    im interviewing 2 sets of groups, 1 muslim the other non muslim (all male). These are paired exhanges

    my hypothesis is "are there different patterns of politeness between muslims and non muslims"


    can a teacher suggest a few questions that i may ask which are not culturally dominated ?

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    It would help to know where you are.

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    Welcome! and thank you. Here are a couple of possible questions.

    When you are served in a shop, do you thank the assistant?

    If you are waiting for a bus, do you stand in a queue?

    What sort of vegetables would you like to grow if you could?

    I am sure others will have further suggestions.

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    can anyone help me this this ?

    im interviewing 2 sets of groups, 1 muslim the other non muslim (all male). These are paired exhanges

    my hypothesis is "are there different patterns of politeness between muslims and non muslims"


    can a teacher suggest a few questions that i may ask which are not culturally dominated ?

    thank you
    Hi shah, that's not an hypothesis. It's question.
    The right way to do this is to state a hypothesis that you can test (and falsify), eg
    1) "Muslims are more polite than Non-Muslims" (at a 95% level of significance.) or
    2) "Muslims are at least 20% more polite than Non-Muslims"
    You then collect you data, analyze it statistically; and you can then either reject or accept the hypothesis depending on the statical results, as a certain level of statistical significance, eg. α = 0.05 (95% significance is common).
    If the results are not significant, you must reject your hypothesis and conclude that the Null Hypothesis is correct i.e. (there is no difference, for hypothesis 1) or Muslims are not 20% more polite, for Hypothesis 2.

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    thanks

    raymott can u suggest a few q's ?? This is wot my supervisor said about my last set of q's -


    it is not clear how in fact you will measure politeness objectively when other issues such as ethnicity and cultural difference also play part. How can you justify this as a sociolinguistic study of politeness, when features such as honorifics, requests can be interpreted along culturally specific lines (not linguistic). The discussion of social duties, e.g. p. 6 again seems more culturally dominated, and the quoted section on p. 6 reads as kind of manifesto, not as evidence of politeness through interaction –as you suggest by distinguishing this comment from those of western respondents. The same is true of the different attitudes to women, the Muslim’s sense of duty differing from the western one.

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    thanks

    raymott can u suggest a few q's ?? This is wot my supervisor said about my last set of q's - [...]
    Sure. I'll think about what your professor said, and see if I can think of some questions. I'm sure your experiment is doable. I'm sure there are different patterns of politeness between Muslims and Non-Muslims. But you still need a hypothesis.
    What do you actually believe about the answer? - That might be a start.

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    option 2 seems to be correct

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    option 2 seems to be correct
    Hi, I've considered your supervisor's comments, and I agree that, with your methodology of asking direct questions to Muslims and Non-Muslims, the best you can hope for is to determine their perceived levels of politeness.
    Otherwise, you'd have to make sure that your respondents don't know what the study is about. Eg. keep all respondents waiting for half an hour. Write down their responses when you get to see them. Ask them marginally rude questions and see how politely they respond. Stuff like that.

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    ok that helps

    can u suggest a marginally rude q :)

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