Just wondering if anyone is familiar with any research that touches on this. It seems to be a largely untapped topic, other than Wooh-yun Jung's (1994) work.

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    The tag "corpora" means you're looking for corpora?
    – Alenanno
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 10:30
  • Hi, Eugene! Could add more information about what a "Thanking Speech Act" is and the gist of Wooh-yun Jung's work? Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 15:17
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    added a link to the paper
    – Louis Rhys
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 15:32
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    Untouched? You must be joking! There is so much written on that that it'd take a couple of months to read it. How about part 2 "Responses to thanks: The state of the art" in Schneider's 2005 paper in "The pragmatics of Irish English", something to start with?
    – Alex B.
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 20:18
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    Guys, can you help edit/suggest the tags? The corpora tag has nothing to do with this , right? Would pragmatics and speech act be appropriate?
    – Louis Rhys
    Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 2:18

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University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition maintains a very complete bibliography on speech acts in a variety of languages. It's not clear from your question whether you are interested in English only; there is a lot of Japanese work listed as well.

Here is the page on Thanking acts. It includes:

Coulmas, F. (1981).
Eisenstein, M. & Bodman, J. (1995).
Eisenstein, M. & Bodman, J. W. (1986).
Ferrara, K. (1994).
Hinkel, E. (1994).
Ide, R. (1998).
Kim, Y. (1994).
Kimura, K. (1994).
Kumatoridani, T. (1999).
Miyake, K. (1994).
Moriyama, T. (1999).
Nakata, T. (1989).
Ogawa, H. (1995).

So it's certainly a good place to start.

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