What is this blog all about

Post a comment at the bottom of the entries whenever you want. Agree or disagree with the posts any way that gives an example of what you would say. This site is devoted to understanding everyday persuasive talk. How do we ask for what we want? What do we say when we are trying to get our way with something? Which words do we use when we really want something? When does politeness achieve desired results?

Examples are given across common persuasivetalk strategies:

(1) blunt talk, (2) direct request, (3) give a reason, (4) be polite, and (5) seek partnership.

From these examples, and examples you bring, we can share an understanding of the often delicate balance between persuasiveness and politeness.

- Poppenhusen


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Irvine practices elocution with robot wife

The link below goes behind the scenes in virtual reality. Irvine is practicing persuasive elocution with his robot wife. Apparently she tends to sleep in late, and he needs her to drive him to the train station. He does not seem to be all that polite, but he is not that nasty either. He is simply in a situation where he needs help from his sleepy robot wife early in the morning.


Will you get up and get dressed ?