The second edition of this collection of 13 original papers contains an
updated introductory section detailing the significance that the original
articles published in 1992 have for the further development of research
into linguistic politeness into the 21st century.
The original articles focus on the phenomenon of politeness in language.
They present 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 linguistic politeness. The universal
validity of the term itself is called into question, as are models such as
those developed by Brown and Levinson, Lakoff, and Leech. New approaches
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 to cross-cultural studies
in politeness and differences between a Western and a non-Western approach
to the subject.
The publication of the second edition demonstrates that the significance of
the collection is just as salient in the first decade of the new millennium
as it was at the beginning of the 1990s.
Linguistic politeness research: Quo vadis?
Richard J. Watts
Richard J. Watts, Sachiko Ide and Konrad Ehlich
Part 1: The Theory and History of Linguistic Politeness
Chapter 1 Intracultural tact versus intercultural tact
Richard W. Janney and Horst Arndt
Chapter 2 Linguistic politeness and politic verbal behaviour: Reconsidering
claims for universality
Richard J. Watts
Chapter 3 On the historicity of politeness
Chapter 4 Literary texts and diachronic aspects of politeness
Roger D. Sell
Chapter 5 Politeness in linguistic research
Chapter 6 Traditional and modern views: The social constitution and power
Konrad T. Werkhofer
Part 2: Empirical Studies in Politeness
Chapter 7 Secondhand politeness
Chapter 8 Between matter-of-factness and politeness
Chapter 9 Children’s understanding of white lies
Sabine Walper and Renate Valtin
Part 3: Politeness in a Non-Western Cultural Setting
Chapter 10 The metapragmatics of politeness in Israeli society
Chapter 11 The concept of politeness: An empirical study of American
English and Japanese
Sachiko Ide, Berverly Hill, Yukiko M. Carnes, Tsunao Ogino and Akiko Kawasaki
Chapter 12 Linguistic etiquette in Japanese society
Chapter 13 Politeness in Thai
References and bibliography, Author index, Subject index