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    Thai and non-Thai reader perceptions on politeness strategies in English language letters of request 

    Nussara Wadsom (2008-07)

    This paper studies the perceptions of Thai and non-Thai readers on politeness in business letters of request written by Thais. The study seeks to answer to what extent the Thai writer's strategies to make a 'polite' request match the reader's views. While studies of politeness in business correspondence in the past decades have revealed some remarkable differences in the strategic politeness used by English native and non-native speakers (e.g. Maier, 1992; Sims and Guice, 1992; Yeung, 1998; Chakorn, 2006) no studies so far have been made from ...