Politeness in Nineteenth-Century Europe

| Università della Svizzera italiana
| University of Sheffield
ISBN 9789027201997 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027263056 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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
Table of Contents
Politeness in nineteenth-century Europe, a research agenda
Annick Paternoster and Susan Fitzmaurice
Part I. Politeness metadiscourse
Chapter 1. Address forms in grammars and textbooks of West and South Slavic languages in the eighteenth and nineteenth century
Michael Betsch
Chapter 2. The Nuovo Galateo (‘New Galateo’, 1802) by Melchiorre Gioja, politeness (pulitezza) and reason
Francesca Saltamacchia and Andrea Rocci
Chapter 3. Politeness and evaluative adjectives in Italian turn-of-the-century etiquette books (1877–1914)
Annick Paternoster
Part II. Politeness usage
Chapter 4. Commitment fulfillment and politeness: Commissive speech acts in colonial Louisiana Spanish
Jeremy King
Chapter 5. Promoting negative politeness in nineteenth-century England: The case of letter-writing manuals
Polina Shvanyukova
Chapter 6. “With kindest regards” Relational work, social identity and (hyper)politeness in Late Modern English documents
Marina Dossena
“Without question, Politeness in Nineteenth-Century Europe offers a broad and complete coverage of relevant linguistic and sociocultural aspects of politeness.”
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018045401 | Marc record