Under the concept of interaction, there are two important areas to touch on:

(1) Placement in the conversation

(2) The type of relationship between the interlocutors

 

PLACEMENT IN THE CONVERSATION

If you had to guess, where do you think compliments tend to occur in an interaction? Why do you think this?

Now, play the two conversations below and decide where in each of the conversations the compliment occurs.

The compliment occurs in the part of the conversation.

The compliment occurs in the part of the conversation.

Do these two examples coincide with your prediction? Why or why not?

Who gives and receives more compliments?

TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTERLOCUTORS

Another interesting aspect of compliments is how strongly their frequency in interaction is based on the relationship between two interlocutors.

If you had to guess, among which group of people do you think the most compliments occur?

Very close friends or intimates

Friends

Strangers

Why did you make the choice you did?