Publication details [#13481]

Sifianou, Maria. 1992. Politeness phenomena in England and Greece. A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Clarendon Press. xi + 254 pp.
Publication type
Book – monograph
Publication language
Language as a subject


The application of Brown and Levinson's politeness theory to contrastive analyses of English and Greek politeness phenomena, shows a Greek orientation toward more 'positive' politeness. The extent to which politeness can be considered a universal concept is also dealt with as does politeness as a potential source of intercultural miscommunication. Although manifestations of politeness can be culture-bound, S. argues that no nation can be assessed as more or less polite.

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