Euis Rina Mulyani


This study was motivated by the previous research which suggests that In
Indonesian context, indirectness, especially when making a refusal, is viewed
as an indication of politeness. The purpose of the present study is to find out
whether or not there are Indonesian (especially Sundanese ethnic) people who
use indirectness with doing both saving and ‘loosing face’ their addressees
when making refusal. The subjects of this study were some Sundanese
people’s refusals in some natural conversations. Observation on people’s
natural conversations was done in collecting data. This study employed
qualitative analysis of data. The result of this study showed that the
realization of making refusal in Sundanese can be grouped into two:
expressed in indirectness with employing saving face only, and
expressed in indirectness with employing both saving face and ‘losing
face’. The two types of refusal strategies used by Sundanese people are
still in Indonesian culture of politeness.

KEYWORDS: Indirectness, politeness, saving face, and losing face


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