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Title: Aufforderung im Französischen [Requesting in French. A Contribution to the History of Linguistic Politeness]
Subtitle: Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte sprachlicher Höflichkeit
Written By: Birgit Frank
Series Title: 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.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Language History
Language Teaching
Language and Social Interaction
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110235586
Pages: 551
Prices: Europe EURO 129.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110235579
Pages: 551
Prices: Europe EURO 129.95