1. My compliments!

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    Investigation

    Goal

    Investigate examples of contemporary compliments and promote a culture of compliments in today’s society.

    Research question

    1. Are women more likely than men to receive compliments?
    2. Are compliments still needed and important for harmonious communication in today’s world?

    Equipment

    Notepad, pen or pencil.

    Why use data from multiple participants?

    Studying compliments used in different social circles and age groups will allow us to compare data and draw conclusions about the trends, fashions, and meanings of people's speech and behavior.

    Investigation Protocol

    1. Over the course of two weeks listen carefully to the speech of your relatives and friends. Remember and write down compliments that you hear or that you, yourself, make.
    2. Select one of the recorded compliments and answer the Report Form questions                                                                                                             Note: For each compliment you should fill out a separate Report Form. If you want to study more than one compliment be sure to fill out and submit a separate Report Form for each one.
    3. For Question 9 of the Report Form you will need to choose the type of a compliment: direct or indirect. Please see the Read More section below for more information. For Question 9 of the Report Form you will need to choose the type of a compliment: direct or indirect. Please see the Read More section below for more information.
    4. Take part in the project discussion. Tell us your opinion about the compliment's goal and place in human communication.

    Read More:                                                                                                          Types of compliments: 

    Direct compliment - an open assertion of a positive fact. You look very elegant today! What tasty soup! You have a beautiful voice!

    Indirect compliment - hides a praise inside

    a. a generalization Belgian chocolate is the best (speaking to someone from Belgium).

    b. a question Have you been told that you tell jokes perfectly?

    c. a negation I have never eaten such delicious pie! (speaking to the cook or host(ess))

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    • Project was published on:February 20, 2014
    Report Form Before filling in the Report Form, please read the Investigation Protocol