This book explores the expression of power in a New Zealand workplace. Many of the interactions in the dataset are between people working at different job levels within the organisation. This allows investigation of the Managers’ style of management and the ways that the people in this workplace mark or minimise power differences. The relevance of a range of types of power and their salience in this workplace is explored using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, with the main focus being on the expression of directives, requests and advice. The focus on directives, requests and advice suggests a speech act approach to analysis and Speech Act Theory is used as the starting point. Behind this theory is the concept that in saying something a speaker is performing a social act i.e., an utterance has an “illocutionary” function. This has been done successfully when the listener understands the illocutionary force, or intention, of the speaker.
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