Grounded in naturally-occurring language data and drawing on findings from linguistic pragmatics and social psychology, Jonathan Culpeper. Politeness and Impoliteness Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University) 1. Introduction Thirty or so years ago politeness was a specialist, even somewhat. Impoliteness strategies. Jonathan Culpeper. Uploaded by. Jonathan Culpeper. Loading Preview. Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. You can download the .

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For example, it was very clear from my diary report data that friends and lovers have clear expectations about behaviours in that role including, for example, a particular amount of attention paid to each other.

Earlier in his book Eelen Briefly stated, [the socio-cultural view] assumes that each society has a particular set of social norms consisting of more or less explicit rules that prescribe a certain behavior, a state of affairs, or a way of thinking in context. Hu, Hsien Chin The Chinese concepts of “face”.

Elinor Ochs Keenan and Tina L. Thomas summarises the research agenda of scholars like the above engaged in the study of pragmatic politeness: Austin, Paddy Politeness revisited — the dark side.

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Special issue of the Journal impolitemess Politeness Research 4 2. The socio-cultural view of politeness emphasises the social context. Making and responding to requests in institutional settings.

Here, in the direct speech, we see a conventionalised insulting vocative, “you bitch”, and also a conventionalised dismissal, “get out of here”. Escandell-Vidal ; Immpoliteness ; Terkourafi ; Watts It remains for future research to apply the frame-based approach to other contexts.



The Theory of Generalised Conversational Implicature. Mao, LuMing Robert Beyond politeness theory: Studies on its Interplay with Power in Theory and Practice. Log In Sign Up. After some consideration of definitions of politeness in section 2. Reconceptualizing Face and Face Attack.

I propose instead that rapport management the management of harmony—disharmony among people entails three main interconnected components: Brown and Levinson admit that they “may have been in error to set up the three super- strategies, positive politeness, negative politeness, and off record, as ranked unidimensionally to achieve mutual exclusivity” For example, the rights and obligations, the presence of a third party, formality or mood may be important.

The classic, and most frequently cited, politeness studies lean heavily towards a pragmatic view of politeness. Thus, requests are typically oriented to negative face they typically impose on one’s freedom of action and criticisms to positive impolitenees typically detract from the positive values one lays claim to.

For example, failing to thank somebody for a present may be taken as deliberate impoliteness. Journal of Pragmatics 21 5: In other words, politeness involves recovering a particularised implicature concerning the speaker’s polite intentions see also Brown Piirainen-Marsh, Arja Managing culoeper questions in broadcast interviews. Insulting someone to their face.

In general it is difficult to assess the evidence, since it is not clear what the underlying politeness dimension linked to the superstrategies actually is.


Brown and Levinson argue that these three variables subsume all other factors that can influence an assessment of face threat.

For example, Holtgraves and Yang found a relationship between power and distance such that when the speaker and hearer differed in power, distance had little effect.

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It does not suit politeness to place a relatively kmpoliteness notion of intention at its centre. On the basis of this generalised implicature, the addressee may then come to hold the further belief that the speaker is polite.

Journal of Pragmatics 39 4: A consequence of focussing on the dynamic cupleper situated characteristics of politeness is culpepdr politeness is declared not to be a predictive theory Watts One such difference is that they posit two related components of face. For example, a member of staff at Lancaster University writing to complain about somebody backing into her car in the car park and then disappearing concludes her complaint: The basic question is: In point of fact, the relational approach taken by Spencer-Oatey e.

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