Politeness Theory, Negative Face

“Negative face was defined as ‘the want of every ‘competent adult member’ that his actions be unimpeded by others’, or ‘the basic claim to territories, personal preserves, rights to non-distraction—i.e. the freedom of action and freedom from imposition’. Whereas positive face involves a desire for connection with others, negative face needs include autonomy and independence.”

—Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, s.v. “Politeness Theory,” (accessed January 14, 2019), https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politeness_theory#Positive_and_negative_face

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