"In this book, Richard Kern explores how technology matters to language and the ways in which we use it. Kern reveals how material, social and individual resources interact in the design of textual meaning, and how that interaction plays out across contexts of communication, different situations of technological mediation, and different moments in time."
Aufforderung im Französischen [Requesting in French. A Contribution to the History of Linguistic Politeness]
Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte sprachlicher Höflichkeit
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 358
Linguistic history and cultural history are closely related. This is demonstrated in the study on the phenomenon of linguistic politeness in French requests, e.g. requesting, ordering, suggesting and advising. On a purely linguistic basis, there are indications of a development away from the concept of medieval politeness, which was primarily based on building up close relationships to a concept which among other things takes the personal freedom of the interlocutor into consideration. This change can be explained with general intellectual developments.