By (author) Richard J. Watts
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Politeness by Richard J. Watts
Book DescriptionDuring the fifteen years prior to the first publication of this book, existing models of linguistic politeness generated a huge amount of empirical research. Using a wide range of data from real-life speech situations, this introduction to politeness breaks away from the limitations of those models and argues that the proper object of study in politeness theory must be commonsense notions of what politeness and impoliteness are. From this, Watts argues, a more appropriate model, one based on Bourdieu's concept of social practice, is developed. The book aims to show that the terms 'polite' and 'impolite' can only be properly examined as they are contested discursively. In doing so, 'polite' and 'impolite' utterances inevitably involve their users in a struggle for power. A radically new account of linguistic politeness, the book will appeal to students and researchers in a wide range of disciplines, in linguistics and the social sciences.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521794060
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard J. Watts
Letter Writing and Language Change, Hardback (July 2015)
This book draws on a range of informal letter corpora and outlines the historical sociolinguistic value of letter analysis.
Language Myths and the History of English, Hardback (March 2011)
Language Myths and the History of English deconstructs common myths about the historical development of English and looks at the ideological reasons for their existence.
Politeness, Hardback (September 2003)
This book, presents a radical way of looking at linguistic politeness.
Alternative Histories of English, Paperback (December 2001)» View all books by Richard J. Watts
This book explores the beliefs and approaches to the history of English showing how the standard English dialect is to the detriment of those which are non-standard or from other areas of the world.
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