Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creoles

ORCID logoSusanne Mühleisen | Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University
ORCID logoBettina Migge | University College Dublin
ISBN 9789027248947 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027294166 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
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Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creoles is the first collection to focus on socio-pragmatic issues in the Caribbean context, including the socio-cultural rules and principles underlying strategic language use. While the Caribbean has long been recognized as a rich and interesting site where cultural continuities meet with new "creolized" or innovative practices, questions of politeness practices, constructions of personhood, or the notion of face have so far been neglected in linguistic research on Caribbean Creoles. Drawing on linguistic politeness theory and Goffman's concept of face, eleven mostly fieldwork-based innovative contributions critically examine a range of topics, such as ritual insults, strategic use of "bad language", kiss-teeth, the performance of homophobic threats, greetings, address forms, advice-giving, socialization and discourse, parent-child discourse, register choice and communicative repertoire in the Caribbean context.
[Varieties of English Around the World, G34] 2005.  viii, 293 pp.
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“Grounded in politeness theory, this trailblazing volume extends the conversation on politeness and face, previously often focused on the individual, by exploring the sociohistorical context of Caribbean communicative practices - a welcome departure from the typical focus in creole studies on syntactic and lexical variation [...] The reader is offered a fresh look at discourse norms in a wide range of Caribbean creole communities. With this work, M & M have opened new and exciting possibilities for pragmatics research in the Caribbean.”
“It is the pioneering nature of the collection and the wide variety of topics and theoretical frameworks which makes the collection so outstanding. I hope and believe it will inspire more creolists to work in this vein in the future.”
“The diverse contributions in this book do indeed fulfill expectations. The reader gains fascinating insight into politeness and face in several Caribbean languages, whether it be through the study of greeting practices, address, socialization, ritual, or other phenomena. Beyond that, the communicative practices described suggest that language use and non-verbal interaction are inseparable on a theoretical level; they must be studies together to be understood. They also remind us that a better understanding of the particular versus the universal remains a great challenge for politeness theory.”
“The editors have done a fine job in bringing together in this book original works by ten highly talented Caribbean scholars who address the nature of the construction of face and the socio-pragmatic insights of social order as determined by a variety of communicative performances which may be considered by many linguists to be outside the purview of mainstream linguistics. With clarity of expression the papers in this collection reveal how a society can express politeness and face in “irrational” ways by using linguistic structures specific to a particular social organization. Many of the authors must be commended for using linguistic data which are considered offensive to many to expose the basis on which society is peacefully organised. Overall, this important collection should be on the shelf of any serious linguist and scholar from related fields.”
“This theoretically important and down-to-earth survey of Caribbean speechways delivers a long-overdue correction to Creole studies. From address forms and greetings to insults and kiss-teeth, from Surinam to Jamaica and Panama to Guadeloupe, it offers an alternative view of the richness and exciting variety of Caribbean Creoles. The contributions from an emerging generation of scholars exhibit deep understanding, respect and mastery of data, cutting through old impasses with argumentation based in the complexity of these small but vital New World speech communities.”
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