Politeness in Turkey and China An Intercultural Diachronic Analysis

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2024-07-03
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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There is a long standing gap in the field of politeness studies, namely, the exploration of Turkish and Chinese politeness systems before the modern era. This book looks at (im)politeness in Turkey and China, and at Turko-Sino relations, from the 10th century to just before the modern day.

Linguistic politeness research has become one of the most actively developing fields in pragmatic and sociolinguistics studies. Brown and Levinson's seminal 1987 study launched an active interest, owing much to the prominent role of politeness and impoliteness in both our daily interactions and our understanding of the 'cultural other'. Despite all of this, no comparative intercultural diachronic analysis has been published so far.

The work explores politeness and the larger communicative situation in empires at the two ends of the Silk Road, which were at one point the gates of cultural exchange between the East and the West. It provides insights into the ideological, semantic and the discursive aspects of politeness in both China and Turkey.

Author Biography

Dániel Z. Kádár is a Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary. He is winner of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Young Scholar Award 2010.

Sükriye Ruhi is a Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Foreign, Language Education, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara. She has published extensively on Turkish discourse, (im)politeness, face theory, and corpus linguistics. She is a member of the Board of Advisory Editors of Journal of Pragmatics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction \ Part I: Politeness in the Lexicon of Turkish and Chinese \ 2. ‘Politeness Prescribed': Ideologies of and Metapragmatic Discourse on ‘Politeness' \ 3. ‘Eastern Perspectives': Deference
and Hierarchy \ 4. ‘The Rules of the Communicative Game': Communicative Verbs \ Part II: Turkish and Chinese Politeness in Discourse \ 5. ‘Rapport Management: Face and (Im)politeness in Chinese \ 6. ‘Rapport Management': Face and (Im)politeness in Chinese \ 7. ‘The Larger Picture': Politeness as Part of Communicative Practices \ 8. Conclusion Bibliography \ Glossary I: Emic Terms \ Glossary II: Technical Terms Appendicies (Translations)

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