Refusal Politeness Strategy in Wayang Golek

Ramdan Sukmawan


The study discusses politeness strategies in Brown and Levinson’s framework (1987). The theory has been used to investigate language politeness especially the strategies that are used in refusing. The goal is to describe refusal politeness strategies in positive politeness, don’t do the FTA, bald on record, and off record in Sundanese traditional art play of Wayang Golek. These strategies are used by puppetry figures in refusing request, want, and order to do something or to get something. In the end, it can say that such strategies are used to maintain positive face, minimize FTA’s risk, give maximum efficiency in doing FTA, and doing the FTA off record. 

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