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Title: Politeness in Language
Subtitle: Studies in its History, Theory and Practice, 2nd rev. and exp. ed.,
Edited By: Richard J. Watts
Sachiko Ide
Konrad Ehlich
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110185490-2&l=E
Series Title: Mouton Textbook
Description:

The second edition of this collection of 13 original papers contains an
updated introductory section detailing the significance that the original
articles published in 1992 have for the further development of research
into linguistic politeness into the 21st century.

The original articles focus on the phenomenon of politeness in language.
They present the most important problems in developing a theory of
linguistic politeness, which must deal with the crucial differences between
lay notions of politeness in different cultures and the term 'politeness'
as a concept within a theory of linguistic politeness. The universal
validity of the term itself is called into question, as are models such as
those developed by Brown and Levinson, Lakoff, and Leech. New approaches
are suggested.

In addition to this theoretical discussion, an empirical section presents a
number of case studies and research projects in linguistic politeness.
These show what has been achieved within current models and what still
remains to be done, in particular with reference to cross-cultural studies
in politeness and differences between a Western and a non-Western approach
to the subject.

The publication of the second edition demonstrates that the significance of
the collection is just as salient in the first decade of the new millennium
as it was at the beginning of the 1990s.

Richard J. Watts is Professor at the Universität Bern, Switzerland.
Sachiko Ide is Professor of Linguistics at Japan Women University, Tokyo,
Japan.
Konrad Ehlich is Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München,
Germany.

Of interest to: Students of Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Second Language
Acquisition, English Studies, Social Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology,
Communication Studies


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Publication Year: 2005
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