2.1 What is an insult - Part 1 : Performing an insult
There are two possible ways of performing an insult:
Accordingly, we can say that an intended insult is an speech act that ignores distance, power and imposition of the verbal interaction. It intentionally violates politeness strategies and therefore is intended to be a face-threatening act.
In conclusion we can say that an insult consists of two essential elements Jucker/Taavistainen 2000:73):
- A predication about the target, about e.g. his/her identity or profession
- This predication has to be perceived as inappropriate and demeaning by the target
- (The target must experience this predication as a face-threatening act)