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Taking an up-to-date and truly global approach, this volume presents a wide range of phenomena in politeness research, and discusses key developments in the field. Covering eight major world languages as well as several language varieties, a team of leading scholars provide a multilingual and multicultural perspective on various speech acts and emic conceptualisations of politeness, and a diachronic view of the field. Most significantly, the volume focuses on the latest trends in the field, such as metapragmatic approaches to im/politeness, politeness and globalization, politeness in computer mediated communication, and politeness and prosody, spanning a wide range of methodologies and types of data, including naturally occurring conversations, role plays, email messages, social media, online discussion forums, ethnographic interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, experiments and language corpora.


‘… From Speech Acts to Lay Understandings of Politeness is a completely coherent volume that provides new insights into SA realization and the metapragmatics of face-threat and (im)politeness. Adopting a cross-cultural and cross-varietal perspective, it will appeal to politeness scholars, of course, but also to researchers interested in empirical and corpus-based pragmatics and willing to privilege data triangulation in their investigations.’

Nicolas Ruytenbeek Source: LINGUIST List

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