Susana  Tintaya Maldonado

Instructor, LTA

Susana Tintaya Maldonado

Phone: 902-494-6661
Mailing Address: 
Department of Spanish & Latin American Studies
Dalhousie University
6135 University Ave., Rm. 3025
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Office: McCain 2014
Research Topics:
  • Sociopragmatics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Speech Acts
  • Latin American culture
  • Verbal courtesy

• BA Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru)
• MA Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Spain)
• Ph.D. Mannheim Universität (Germany)



“Estudio de la cortesía verbal en las peticiones del español limeño y cusqueño, New York/Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2018

This book presents and examines norms and strategies in the speech act of requests in Lima and Cusco Spanish. In the theoretical framework, theoretical concepts of Pragmatics, speech acts and verbal courtesy are developed. The methodological procedure involved 100 people from Cusco and Lima and handling three data collection instruments: questionnaires to complete the speech, role-playing games and verbal reports. The final results indicate different strategies to deal with insecurity when requesting. The author explains why these strategies are part of courtesy of doubt, typical of Peruvian society, and that the possible interpretations are: a climate of informality and distrust already recognized in the interlocutor. Then the listener must be convinced that what is said is true. Another possible interpretation is the insecurity and social uncertainty due to the cultural conflict between Creoles and indigenous people worsened by internal migration and terrorism.