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Title: Historical (Im)politeness
Edited By: Jonathan Culpeper
Dániel Zoltan Kádár
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=11496
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 65
Description:

This edited collection investigates historical linguistic politeness and
impoliteness. Although some research has been undertaken uniting politeness
and historical pragmatics, it has been sporadic at best, and often limited
to traditional theoretical approaches. This is a strange state of affairs,
because politeness plays a central role in the social dynamics of language.
This collection, containing contributions from renowned experts, aims to
fill this hiatus, bringing together cutting-edge research. Not only does it
illuminate the language usage of earlier periods, but by examining the past
it places politeness today in context. Such a diachronic perspective also
affords a further test-bed for current models of politeness. This volume
provides insights into historical aspects of language, particularly items
regularly deployed for politeness functions, and the social, particularly
interpersonal, contexts with which it interacts. It also sheds light on how
(social) meanings are dynamically constructed in situ, and probes various
theoretical aspects of politeness. Its papers deploy a range of
multilingual (e.g. English, Spanish, Italian and Chinese) diachronic data
drawn from different genres such as letters, dramas, witch trials and
manners books.

Contents: Dániel Z. Kádár/Jonathan Culpeper: Historical (Im)politeness: An
Introduction - Marcel Bax: Epistolary Presentation Rituals. Face-work,
Politeness and Ritual Display in Early Modern Dutch Letter-Writing - Susan
Fitzmaurice: Changes in the Meanings of politeness in Eighteenth-century
England: Discourse Analysis and Historical Evidence - Dániel Z. Kádár:
Exploring the Historical Chinese Polite Denigration/Elevation Phenomenon -
Minna Nevala: Keeping Up Appearances. Facework in Self- and
Addressee-Oriented Person Reference - Andreas H. Jucker: «In curteisie was
set ful muchel hir lest». Politeness in Middle English - Annick
Paternoster: Politeness and Style in The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi,
1840), An Italian Novel by Alessandro Manzoni - Jeremy King: The Role of
Power and Solidarity in Politeness Theory: The Case of Golden Age Spanish -
Jim O'Driscoll: Epilogue.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783039114962
Pages: 300
Prices: U.S. $ 77.95
U.K. £ 45.30
Europe EURO 50.30