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FYI: Book Chapter Call: Impoliteness in Media Discourse

Author: Anna Baczkowska

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

FYI Body: Proposals are sought for a forthcoming edited volume devoted to impoliteness encoded by a variety of languages and
expressed in language data retrieved from different media, such as television, radio (shows, interviews, live talks, etc.),
Internet, TV, DVD and cinema films. The book is planned to be published with an international publisher. The total number
of words of each paper proposal should not exceed 6000 words (including references).

Full information is available at: bookedit.info/Eng.php

Abstract submission deadline: 30 of September 2012

The topics to be addressed involve, but are not limited to, different types of impoliteness and conflictive interactions, with
such categories of description as:

- ignorance
- snub
- disagreement
- aggravation
- rudeness
- sarcasm and mock politeness
- insult
- offence
- verbal abuse
- aggression and/or harassment

found in the following contexts and research areas:

- impoliteness in computer-mediated discourse
- impoliteness in corpus-based studies
- impoliteness in audiovisual translation (subtitles, voice-over, dubbing)
- impoliteness in courtship setting
- impoliteness in educational setting
- impoliteness in institutional setting
- impoliteness in interpersonal setting
- impoliteness across dialects and genres
- impoliteness and power
- impoliteness and identity
- impoliteness and miscommunication
- impoliteness perception and interpretation
- intentional and un/intentional impoliteness
- impoliteness and humour
- impoliteness strategies
- impoliteness and rapport management
- post-Gricean and post-Brown and Levinson models of im/politeness
- linguistic and nonlinguistic impoliteness (including the role of prosody)
- a multimodal approach to impoliteness
- using taboo words, swearing and expletives
- a cognitive linguistic approach to impoliteness (e.g. the Blending Theory)
- Relevance Theory and impoliteness
- the language of politicians and journalists
- comparative - cross-linguistic and cross-cultural - and monolingual investigations of impoliteness.

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