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Description - Impoliteness by Jonathan Culpeper

When is language considered 'impolite'? Is impolite language only used for anti-social purposes? Can impolite language be creative? What is the difference between 'impoliteness' and 'rudeness'? Grounded in naturally-occurring language data and drawing on findings from linguistic pragmatics and social psychology, Jonathan Culpeper provides a fascinating account of how impolite behaviour works. He examines not only its forms and functions but also people's understandings of it in both public and private contexts. He reveals, for example, the emotional consequences of impoliteness, how it shapes and is shaped by contexts, and how it is sometimes institutionalised. This book offers penetrating insights into a hitherto neglected and poorly understood phenomenon. It will be welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics and social psychology in particular.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521869676
ISBN-10: 0521869676
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 308
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jonathan Culpeper

Jonathan Culpeper is based in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University.