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Title: Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creoles
Edited By: Susanne Mühleisen
Bettina Migge
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=VEAW%20G34
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World G34

Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creoles is the first collection to focus
on socio-pragmatic issues in the Caribbean context, including the
socio-cultural rules and principles underlying strategic language use.
While the Caribbean has long been recognized as a rich and interesting site
where cultural continuities meet with new "creolized" or innovative
practices, questions of politeness practices, constructions of personhood,
or the notion of face have so far been neglected in linguistic research on
Caribbean Creoles. Drawing on linguistic politeness theory and Goffman's
concept of face, eleven mostly fieldwork-based innovative contributions
critically examine a range of topics, such as ritual insults, strategic use
of "bad language", kiss-teeth, the performance of homophobic threats,
greetings, address forms, advice-giving, socialization and discourse,
parent-child discourse, register choice and communicative repertoire in the
Caribbean context.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements vii

Politeness and face in Caribbean Creoles: An overview
Bettina Migge and Susanne Mühleisen 1–19

Part I: Performing rudeness and face maintenance

The use of "bad" language as a politeness strategy in a Panamanian Creole
Peter Snow 23–43

Ritualized insults and the African diaspora: Sounding in African American
Vernacular English and Wording in Nigerian Pidgin
Nicholas Faraclas, Lourdes Pérez González, Migdalia Medina and Wendell
Villanueva Reyes 45–72

Rude sounds: Kiss Teeth and negotiation of the public sphere
Esther Figueroa 73–99

Faiya-bon: The socio-pragmatics of homophobia in Jamaican (Dancehall) culture
Joseph T. Farquharson 101–118

Part II: Face attention and the public and private self

Greeting and social change
Bettina Migge 121–144

Advice in an Indo-Guyanese village and the interactional organization of
Jack Sidnell 145–168

Meaningful routines: Meaning-making and the face-value of Barbadian greetings
Janina Fenigsen 169–194

Forms of address in English-lexicon Creoles: The presentation of selves and
others in the Caribbean context
Susanne Mühleisen 195–223

Part III: Socialization and face development

'May I have the bilna?': The development of face-saving in young
Trinidadian children
Valerie Youssef 227–254

Learning respect in Guadeloupe: Greetings and politeness rituals
Alex-Louise Tessonneau 255–282

Notes on contributors 283–285
Index 287–293

"This theoretically important and down-to-earth survey of Caribbean
speechways delivers a long-overdue correction to Creole studies. From
address forms and greetings to insults and kiss-teeth, from Surinam to
Jamaica and Panama to Guadeloupe, it offers an alternative view of the
richness and exciting variety of Caribbean Creoles. The contributions from
an emerging generation of scholars exhibit deep understanding, respect and
mastery of data, cutting through old impasses with argumentation based in
the complexity of these small but vital New World speech communities."
Peter L. Patrick, University of Essex (author of Urban Jamaican Creole)

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Bajan
Creole English, Guyanese
Creole English, Jamaican
Pidgin, Nigerian
Creole English, Trinidadian
Creole French, Saint Lucian
Creole French, Guadeloupean
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902724894X
ISBN-13: 9789027248947
Pages: viii, 293
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