Grounded in naturally-occurring language data and drawing on findings from linguistic pragmatics and social psychology, Jonathan Culpeper. Politeness and Impoliteness Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University) 1. Introduction Thirty or so years ago politeness was a specialist, even somewhat. Impoliteness strategies. Jonathan Culpeper. Uploaded by. Jonathan Culpeper. Loading Preview. Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. You can download the .

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From Brown and Levinsonwe could hypothesise that the more directly the impoliteness is impolitenesss the more offence is taken e. For example, there is no distinction made between showing that one thinks well of others which can give rise to politenessand showing that one thinks badly of others which can give rise to impoliteness. Locher and Watts More specifically, the emphasis is on either or more often both social norms or the constructions of participants i.

The most heinous crime when performing an analysis of impoliteness strategies, or politeness for that matter, is to simply count them up on the assumption that if the strategy is there, it necessarily is performing impoliteness.

So, if the dinner were a formal invitation, please would more likely be used. A further contrast is that a spin-off of negative politeness impolitsness is that it increases social distance, it acts as a “social brake”.

Facework, according to Goffman, is made up of “the actions taken by a person to make whatever he [sic] is doing consistent with face” The concept of face Goffman is one mechanism for trying to doing this.


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However, with Goffman, it is not just the positive values that you yourself want, but what you can claim about yourself from what others culpepdr about impolitendss. Negotiating norms of linguistic behaviour. Using Language to Cause Offence. However, even the leading politeness discursive work has but some characteristics of a purely discursive approach and not all.

Language, Behaviour, Culture 1 1: Grice and Speech Act Theory e. This was at the pub on Sunday night, and I just let the glasses go and walked away. The second, in section 2.

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Tracy, Karen and Sarah J. In a very broad sense any impoliteness involves being inconsiderate, but defining something in terms of a negative i. The effects of speaker status on the comprehension of indirect requests.

For example, failing to thank somebody for a present may be taken as deliberate impoliteness. Finally, even burping cannot always with certainty be seen as the antithesis of politeness. Reconsidering claims for universality. Blum-Kulka [] develops cultural scripts to explain politeness but not impoliteness.

In fact, these variables were sometimes subsuming other independent variables. A general spin-off of positive politeness techniques is that they act as “a kind of social accelerator” Unpackaging their bases and interrelationships. The search for integrated culpepper of linguistic politeness.

In fact, this is one of the potential weaknesses of impolitenwss politeness1 approaches: Cambridge University Press Amazon. I know that I don’t have any right to criticise you, but you did a poor job”.


For example, “you fucking cunt” is likely to be highly offensive across a wider range of contexts than “you bastard”, though not necessarily all contexts I have examples in my data where it is used in the context of friendly banter.

But this seems to ignore cases where the positive attributes apply to a group of people e. Such reactions are suggestive of the emotional investment in face. Mills also argues, though not uncritically, that relevance theory can make a contribution to the discursive approach see also Christie In other words, politeness involves recovering a particularised implicature concerning the speaker’s polite intentions see also Brown Neither are they mutually exclusive.

In Fine, Jonathan ed. He reveals, for example, the emotional consequences of impoliteness, how it shapes and is shaped by contexts, and how it is sometimes institutionalised.

The point is that the interpretation of directness varies according to culture; more directness is not always interpreted as less politeness particularly, it uclpeper, in less individualistic cultures see also Field on directives in a native American culture.