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Books: Situated Politeness: Davies, Haugh, Merrison (Eds)

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Subject: Situated Politeness: Davies, Haugh, Merrison (Eds)
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Title: Situated PolitenessPublication Year: 2012Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)

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Editor: Bethan L DaviesEditor: Michael HaughEditor: Andrew John Merrison

Paperback: ISBN: 1623561302 9781623561307 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 29.99


Pragmatic and sociolinguistic analyses of im/politeness have usually beendependent on context and cultural frames of reference. This new studyapproaches the concept from an original perspective, namely situatedness.

Although politeness research often concentrates on examining how speeches ordiscourses themselves are situated with regards to different places andcontexts, the focus on just one situation, and various text types within it,can also be of value. Situated Politeness is concerned with disentangling thefactors which govern our behaviour within a given social context as well asacross them. A range of expanding disciplines, including corpus linguistics,critical discourse analysis, and conversation analysis, are brought to bear onthe topic, and this work will be of interest to a diverse global audience.

'For those interested in politeness - which surely includes most of us - thisbook is essential reading. Covering a range of theoretical approaches,settings, languages and cultures, Situated Politeness explores some of the keyissues in current im/politeness research by some of the leading scholars inthe field. The book adopts a new three-way division of politeness intoinstitutional, interpersonal and public settings, including a variety ofcontexts and cultures, such as New Zealand workplaces, classrooms in Mexico auniversity hockey club in Sheffield, Japanese television drama, and anational advertising campaign in Australia. Particularly significant, SituatedPoliteness is primarily concerned not only with the local negotiation of bothpoliteness and impoliteness but how these are, crucially, played out againsta wider backdrop of social and cultural practices and beliefs. Not least, thestyle is highly accessible, and the various chapters offer a wide range ofrelevant and fascinating data.' - Sandra Harris, Professor Emeritus, School ofArts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics Semantics Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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