Russian Linguistics

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 127–142 | Cite as

How Russians pre-request and seek assistance: a study of interaction in two communities of practice

  • Ekaterina RudnevaEmail author


Before asking another person to do something, it is common to check whether they are available by asking preliminary questions, or pre-request. Pre-requesting is considered a politeness strategy used to mitigate face threat or avoid committing a request proper at all. This article focuses on analyzing Russian pre-request sequences and demonstrates how they are organized and expanded in particular communities of practice. The examples have been taken from a corpus of naturally-occurring data with recordings made of two communities of practice, a workplace and an extended family. In the workplace a common respond to a pre-request is teasing, which can also lead to a sequence expansion. In the second community of practice, family, it is common for some members to avoid a request proper through initiating a series of pre-requests and hints.

Предварение просьбы и обращение за помощью на русском языке: исследование взаимодействия в двух группах


Вместо того чтобы сразу обратиться с просьбой, люди часто задают вопросы с целью уточнить возможность выполнения действия, формулируя так называемые предварительные просьбы. Предварение просьбы вопросами и намеками рассматривается как стратегия вежливости, позволяющая смягчить опасный речевой акт или избежать его. В статье анализируются русскоязычные диалоги, содержащие предварительные просьбы (pre-requests), и показывается, как последовательности с ними могут быть устроены в конкретных сообществах. Примеры взяты из корпуса диалогов, записанных в двух сплоченных группах—в рабочем коллективе и в расширенной семье исследователя. В рабочем коллективе ответом на предварение просьбы становится подтрунивание, которое может привести к расширению последовательности. Внутри описанной семьи последовательности с вопросами и намеками могут быть достаточно продолжительными: участник делает все возможное, чтобы избежать просьбы как таковой.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of AnthropologyEuropean University at St. PetersburgSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Antropological LinguisticsInstitute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of ScienceMoscowRussia

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