The analysis of relationship between politeness and face theory


  • Komang Trisna Dewi Hindu State University I Gusti Bagus Sugriwa Denpasar, UHN I.G.B.S Denpasar, Indonesia
  • Ketut Artawa Udayana University, Denpasar, Indonesia
  • Putu Sutama Udayana University, Denpasar, Indonesia
  • Ni Ketut Ratna Erawati Udayana University, Denpasar, Indonesia


face theory, harmony, politeness, qualitative research, solidarity


This study aims to analyze the relationship between politeness and face theory. This type of research is qualitative research with a descriptive method to explain the relationship between politeness and face theory. The theory of Brown and Levinson is used to describe and explain face theory while Leech’s Politeness Principle is used for politeness theory. The results of this study showed that politeness is very important, theory and concepts have been broadly developed by experts, especially on how to be polite as well as to show solidarity to other people. Face theory suggests that to be polite, people need to recognize each others’ faces, where face itself means public self-image that every member wants to claim for himself. These theories and concepts give great impacts on society because politeness is one of the important factors to keep harmony between people. The application of these theories and concepts are also significantly needed in society so that harmonious relationship between people can be maintained.


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How to Cite

Dewi, K. T., Artawa, K., Sutama, P., & Erawati, N. K. R. (2021). The analysis of relationship between politeness and face theory. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Culture, 7(4), 327-334.



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