Politeness in Nineteenth-Century Europe

ORCID logoAnnick Paternoster | Università della Svizzera italiana
ORCID logoSusan Fitzmaurice | University of Sheffield
ISBN 9789027201997 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027263056 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This volume explores a pivotal period in European history, the ‘long’ nineteenth century. Politeness scholars have suggested that the nineteenth century heralds a significant transition in the meanings and realisations of politeness, between the Ancien Régime and the contemporary period, with the rise of the middle classes as economic, political, social and cultural actors.
The central innovation of this volume consists in its use of a wide range of politeness metasources — grammar books, schoolbooks, conduct books, etiquette books, and letter-writing manuals — to access social norms. This interdisciplinary approach, which draws on historical linguistics, argumentation theory, appraisal theory and literary stylistics, is applied to a wide range of languages: English, including Scottish and business English, Italian, Spanish, West and South Slavic languages.
As a highly coherent collection of innovative research papers, the volume will be welcomed by researchers of (im)politeness, pragmatics and sociolinguistics, both from a historical and contemporary perspective.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 299] 2019.  vii, 288 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Without question, Politeness in Nineteenth-Century Europe offers a broad and complete coverage of relevant linguistic and sociocultural aspects of politeness.”
“The volume adds new and diverse data to the English-dominated landscape of historical studies and enriches the field with solid findings placed within a well-defined and consistent scope of metadiscourse, second-order politeness as well as sociopragmatic and cognitive approaches.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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