Situated Politeness

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2013-01-24
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Pragmatic and sociolinguistic analyses of im/politeness have usually been dependent on context and cultural frames of reference. This new study approaches the concept from an original perspective, namely situatedness. Although politeness research often concentrates on examining how speeches or discourses themselves are situated with regards to different places and contexts, the focus on just one situation, and various text types within it, can also be of value. Situated Politeness is concerned with disentangling the factors which govern our behaviour within a given social context as well as across them. A range of expanding disciplines, including corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, and conversation analysis, are brought to bear on the topic, and this work will be of interest to a diverse global audience.

Author Biography

Michael Haugh is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Linguistics at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Bethan L. Davies is a Lecturer on Linguistics and Phonetics at the University of Leeds, UK. Andrew John Merrison is a Lecturer in the English Language and Linguistics Department at York St. John University, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Situating politeness, Michael Haugh, Bethan Davies, and Andrew John Merrison \ Part I. Politeness ininstitutional settings \ 2. Relativity rules: politic talk in ethnicized workplaces, Janet Holmes and Meredith Marra \ 3. That's not very polite! Discursive struggle and situated politeness in the Mexican English-language classroom, Gerrard Mugford \ 4. Communities of practice and politeness, Sara Mills 5. Relational work in a sporting community of practice, Jodie Clark \ Part II. Politeness in interpersonal settings \ 6. Situated functions of addressee honorifics in Japanese television drama, Andrew Barke \ 7. Do you want to do it yourself like? Hedging in Irish traveller and settled family discourse, Brian Clancy \ 8. Unpacking the hearer's interpretation of situated politeness, Noriko Inagaki \ 9. Humour, im/politeness and face in getting acquainted, Michael Haugh \ Part III. Politeness in public settings \ 10. Situated impoliteness: the interface between relational work and identity construction, Miriam Locher \ 11. Negative politeness features and impoliteness in institutional discourse: a corpus-assisted approach, Charlotte Taylor \ 12. National face and national face threatening acts: politeness and the European Constitution, Elena Magistro \ 13. Tourist advertising of Australia: impolite or situation-appropriate? Or a uniquely Aussie invite lost intranslation, Angela Ardington \ 14. Epilogue, Bethan Davies, Andrew John Merrison and Michael Haugh \ Bibliography \ Index

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