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Title: Impoliteness in Language
Subtitle: Studies on its Interplay with Power in Theory and Practice
Edited By: Derek Bousfield
Miriam A. Locher
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?isbn=9783110202663&sel=pi
Series Title: Language, Power and Social Process [LPSP] 21
Description:

The volume addresses the enormous imbalance that exists between academic
interest in politeness phenomena when compared to impoliteness phenomena.
Researchers working with Brown and Levinson's ([1978] 1987) seminal work on
politeness rarely focused explicitly on impoliteness. As a result, only one
aspect of facework/relational work has been studied in detail. Next to this
research desideratum, politeness research is on the move again, with
alternative conceptions of politeness to those of Brown and Levinson being
further developed. In this volume researchers present, discuss and explore
the concept of linguistic impoliteness, the crucial differences and
interconnectedness between lay understandings of impoliteness and the
academic concept within a theory of facework/relational work, as well as
the exercise of power that is involved when impoliteness occurs. The
authors offer solid discussions of the theoretical issues involved and draw
on data from political interaction, interaction with legally constituted
authorities, workplace interaction in the factory and the office,
code-switching and Internet practices. The collection offers inspiration
for research on impoliteness in many different research fields, such as
(critical) discourse analysis, conversation analysis, pragmatics and
stylistics, as well as linguistic approaches to studies in conflict and
conflict resolution.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110202662
ISBN-13: 9783110202663
Pages: 346
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