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Books: Sociolinguistics: Watts

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  1. jreid, Politeness: Watts

Message 1: Politeness: Watts

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 15:28:16 +0000
From: jreid <>
Subject: Politeness: Watts

Title: Politeness
Series Title: Key Topics in Sociolinguistics
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press		 
Author: Richard J. Watts, Universitat Bern, Bern Switzerland

Hardback: ISBN: 0521790859, Pages: 300, Price: $70.00*
Paperback: ISBN: 0521794064, Pages: 300, Price: $25.00

This new series consists of accessible yet challenging accounts of the
most important issues to consider when examining the relationship
between language and society. Written by leading experts, the books in
the series are designed to be used in courses and in seminars, and
include useful suggestions for further reading and helpful glossaries.

Using a wide range of data from real-life speech situations, this
introduction to politeness theory breaks away from the limitations of
current models. It argues that the proper object of study in
politeness theory must be "common sense" definitions of politeness and
impoliteness. Richard Watts concludes that a more appropriate model,
based on Bourdieu's concept of social practice, can thus be developed.

1. Introducing linguistic politeness; 2. Politeness through time and
across cultures; 3. Modelling linguistic politeness I; 4. Modelling
linguistic politeness II: Brown and Levinson and their critics;
5. Facework and linguistic politeness; 6. A social model of
politeness; 7. Structures of linguistic politeness; 8. Relevance
Theory and concepts of power; 9. Politic behaviour and politeness in
discourse; 10. Politic behaviour and politeness within a theory of
social practice; Glossary of terms; Bibliography.

Lingfield(s): Sociolinguistics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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