Overlap of Meaning: Praise and Flattery in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Author: Nawal

Keywords: Speech Act, Praise, Flattery, Recanati's TCP, Pride and Prejudice


The obvious overlap and similarity between praise and flattery makes it difficult sometimes for readers or hearers in general to distinguish between these two acts when facing them. Despite this, little attention has been paid to the overlap between praise and flattery in general and the effect of social variables (power and distance) in particular. The current paper will examine these two acts, praise and flattery as speech acts (that are affected by the truth conditions) in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It will further present a comprehensive study of the lexical, structural and pragmatic issues involved in praise and flattery. Besides, the present study will examine the relationship between social variables (power and distance) and these two acts. Generally speaking, the obvious overlap between praise and flattery remains a challenge for scholars since many of them till recently use the two acts interchangeably. Therefore, the researcher must assure the fact that praise should be kept distinct from flattery. To attain the objective of the study, the researchers adopt Recanati model of truth conditional pragmatics TCP developed in (2010).