Politeness strategies of the pembayun(s) in the bride-kidnapping practices of sasak culture

Yaqin, Lalu Nurul and Shanmuganathan, Thilagavathi (2020) Politeness strategies of the pembayun(s) in the bride-kidnapping practices of sasak culture. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 28 (1). pp. 89-102. ISSN 0128-7702,

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Bride-kidnapping is considered a violation of human rights in many cultures worldwide, but among the Sasak people of Lombok, it has deep customary implications. While the act itself is consensual between the couple, it is an occasion for the families to confront each other and discuss settlements or dispute the offers between each other. The negotiation is a show of tradition or customary norms where politeness strategies is observed during the discussions between the two disputing parties affected by the bride-kidnapping. During the discussions, rituals such as Sejati, Selabar, and Sorong Serah are conducted to neutralise anxiety, address face attacks and reduce disputes that may have arisen due to the bridekidnapping. In these three rituals, the language resources of the representatives of both families, also known as Pembayun (adat leaders), is to negotiate and come to a settlement through polite discourse. This study is an ethnographic enquiry and data were analysed based on Brown and Levinson's model of politeness. The study revealed that the most preferred strategy was negative politeness used by both the Pembayun in the bridekidnapping rituals. The notion of politeness and the strategies in which it is achieved in communication is culture-bound and culture-specific. © 2020 Universiti Putra Malaysia Press.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bride-kidnapping; Marriage rituals; Politeness strategies; Sasak culture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2020 01:31
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2020 01:31
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/24668

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