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Semantic Discussion Topics Assoc. Prof. Uthai Piromruen
What you would say?. You are the owner of a bookstore. One of your best workers asks to speak to you in private. Worker: As you know, I’ve been here just a little over a year now, and I know you’ve been pleased with my work. I really enjoy working here, but to be quite honest, I really need an increase in pay. You:______________________________ ______________________________ Worker: Then I guess I’ll have to look for another job.
2. You are at the friend’s house for lunch. Friend: How about another piece of cake? You: _____________________________ _____________________________ Friend: Come on, just a little piece? You: _____________________________ _____________________________
3. A friend invites you to dinner, but you really can’t stand this friend’s husband. Friend: How about coming over for dinner Saturday night? We’re having a small dinner party. You: __________________________________ __________________________________ Friend: O.K. maybe another time.
Try some new situations Can you create other situations, following a similar pattern, and ask your friends to write down what they would say? What are the range of expressions used for the speech act of ‘refusal’? Why do you think there is such a range?