Broadening the Horizon of Linguistic Politeness

| University of California, Berkeley
| Japan Women’s University
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This collection of 19 papers celebrates the coming of age of the field of politeness studies, now in its 30th year. It begins with an investigation of the meaning of politeness, especially linguistic politeness, and presents a short history of the field of linguistic politeness studies, showing how such studies go beyond the boundaries of conventional linguistic work, incorporating, as they do, non-language insights. The emphasis of the volume is on non-Western languages and the ways linguistic politeness is achieved with them. Many, if not most, studies have focused on Western languages, but the languages highlighted here show new and different aspects of the phenomena.

The purpose of linguistic politeness is to aid in successful communication throughout the world, and this volume offers a balance of geographical distribution not found elsewhere, including Japanese, Thai, and Chinese, as well as Greek, Swedish and Spanish. It covers such theoretical topics as face, wakimae, social levels, gender-related differences in language usage, directness and indirectness, and intercultural perspectives.

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 139]  2005.  xii, 342 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: Broadening the horizon of linguistic politeness
Robin T. Lakoff and Sachiko Ide
Part I. General overviews: The plenary papers
Civility and its discontents: Or, getting in your face
Robin T. Lakoff
How and why honorifics can signify dignity and elegance: The indexicality and reflexivity of linguistic rituals
Sachiko Ide
Whither politeness
Bruce Fraser
Part II. The theoretical perspective
Yoroshiku onegaishimasu: Routine practice of the routine formula in Japanese
Makiko Takekuro
An argument for a frame-based approach to politeness: Evidence from the use of the imperative in Cypriot Greek
Marina Terkourafi
The significance of ‘face’ and politeness in social interaction as revealed through Thai ‘face’ idioms
Margaret Ukosakul
Part III. The descriptive perspective
Face threatening acts, primary face threatening acts, and the management of discourse: Australian English and speakers of Asian Englishes
Christopher J. Conlan
Politeness in Thai computer-mediated communication
Krisadawan Hongladarom and Soraj Hongladarom
Polite diminutives in Spanish: A matter of size?
Martha Mendoza
Indirectness as a politeness strategy of Thai speakers
Deeyu Srinarawat
Part IV. The comparative perspective
Japanese honorifics as a marker of sociocultural identity: A view from non-western perspectives
Megumi Yoshida and Chikako Sakurai
Directness as a source of misunderstanding: The case of requests and suggestions
Alexandra Kallia
Forms of address in Irish and Swedish
Anders Ahlqvist
Women, men and polite requests: English and Greek
Ekaterini Kouletaki
Privacy: An intercultural perspective
Mark Lê
Selection of linguistic forms for requests and offers: Comparison between English and Chinese
Masako Tsuzuki, Kazuhiro Takahashi, Cynthia Patschke and Qin Zhang
Part V. The historical perspective
Japanese pronouns of address: Their behavior and maintenance over time
Andrew Barke and Satoshi Uehara
An aspect of the origins and development of linguistic politeness in Thai
Wilaiwan Khanittanan
“The papers are a welcome addition to the literature on politeness and will have broadened the base from which scholarship that attempts to develop an etic model of politeness can draw its evidence. [...] To the extent that the volume offers perspectives on politeness behaviour from a range of cultural insiders, it is a useful contribution to the body of evidence against which claims about universality can be tested.”
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2005048400
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