Huong Hoa Le1,
1 People's Police University

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This study is to focus on positive and negative politeness strategies in conversations of the course book “Campaign 2” by Simon Mellor-Clark and Yvonne Baker de Altamirano with an aim to help students improve their awareness of politeness strategies in conversational activities in military setting, thus to apply these strategies in their everyday conversations in English. Within this scope of this study, typical conversation activities are classified into Bald-on record; Positive Strategies; Negative Strategies and Off-record Strategies and then analyzed mainly in the light of the politeness theories of Brown & Levinson (1987). The research shows that the frequency of positive and negative politeness strategies depends not only on the purpose of the interactions but also on the relationship between speakers and hearers in communication.

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