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Politeness in Language : Studies in Its History, Theory and Practice :  Studies in Its History, Theory and Practice - Richard J. Watts

Politeness in Language : Studies in Its History, Theory and Practice

Studies in Its History, Theory and Practice

By: Richard J. Watts (Editor), Sachiko Ide (Editor), Konrad Ehlich (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1992
ISBN: 9783110131840
Number Of Pages: 388

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This collection of 13 original papers focuses on the phenomemon of politeness in language. It presents the most important problems in developing a theory of linguistic politeness, which must deal with the crucial differences between lay notions of politeness in different cultures and the term "politeness" as a concept within a theory of lingustic politeness. The universal validity of the term itself is called into question, as are models by Brown and Levison, Lakoff and Leech. New approaches are suggested. In addition to this theoretical discussion, an empirical section presents a number of case studies and research projects in linguistic politeness. These show what has been achieved within current models and what still remains to be done, in particular with reference with cross-cultural studies in politeness and differences between a Western and a non-Western approach to the subject.

List of Contributors
Introductionp. 1
The Theory and History of Linguistic Politeness
Intracultural tact versus intercultural tactp. 21
Linguistic politeness and politic verbal behaviour: Reconsidering claims for universalityp. 43
On the historicity of politenessp. 71
Literary texts and diachronic aspects of politenessp. 109
Politeness in linguistic researchp. 131
Traditional and modern views: the social constitution and the power of politenessp. 155
Empirical Studies in Politeness
Secondhand politenessp. 203
Between matter-of-factness and politenessp. 219
Children's understanding of white liesp. 231
Politeness in a Non-Western Cultural Setting
The metapragmatics of politeness in Israeli societyp. 255
The concept of politeness: An empirical study of American English and Japanesep. 281
Linguistic etiquette in Japanese societyp. 299
Politeness in Thaip. 325
Referencesp. 337
Indexp. 369
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ISBN: 9783110131840
ISBN-10: 3110131846
Series: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 1992
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.78

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