Accounts, Excuses, and Apologies: A Theory of Image Restoration Strategies

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State University of New York Press, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 197 pages
Because responding to complaints is such an important part of human relations, this type of discourse has been studied in various disciplines. However, these studies tend to take a narrow focus. For example, some scholars study apologies and excuses in everyday talk. Others look at public apologies in speeches. Accounts, Excuses, and Apologies integrates and extends existing work on this concept into a general theory. The resulting theory of image restoration is then tested through application to several instances of defensive discourse.

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William L. Benoit is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Missouri. He is also co-editor of Readings in Argumentation.

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