HomeISU-Cabagan Journal of Researchvol. 19 no. 2 (2010)

Politeness and Compliments in Selected Ilocano Radio Dramas

Boyet L. Batang | Rozel Sales Batang

Discipline: Education, Languages, Research



This research study attempted to know the politeness, compliments in selected Ilocano radio dramas and their equivalents in Filipino and English language. Results of the study show that the words kadi and didak are expressions which are used when there is an act of inquiry, which makes the inquiry polite. On the other hand didak is a fusion of the pronouns I and the plural you which shows respect to the person being addressed. Yu in the Ilocano language may function as a pronoun or a marker for politeness depending on whom the speaker is talking to. When the speaker is talking to an older person, it will show politeness. But it is used as a pronoun to indicate the number of the persons being addressed. On the other hand, the word kuma is an expression that shows wish, hope, and anticipation. It also expresses an action that a person would want to do or would want to have done. Moreover, it is also in a request, in this manner, it functions as a marker for politeness.