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This is the first edited collection to examine politeness in a wide range of diverse cultures. Most essays draw on empirical data from a wide variety of languages, including some key-languages in politeness research, such as English, and Japanese, as well as some lesser-studied languages, such as Georgian. The volume also includes four studies that discuss theoretical and empirical aspects of 'face', a construct that continues to attract much attention across disciplines. The specially-commissioned essays in this collection will be of interest to scholars, researchers and advanced students in sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse studies, anthropology and intercultural communication.


Description

This is the first edited collection to examine politeness in a wide range of diverse cultures. Most essays draw on empirical data from a wide variety of languages, including some key-languages in politeness research, such as English, and Japanese, as well as some lesser-studied languages, such as Georgian. The volume also includes four studies that discuss theoretical and empirical aspects of 'face', a construct that continues to attract much attention across disciplines. The specially-commissioned essays in this collection will be of interest to scholars, researchers and advanced students in sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse studies, anthropology and intercultural communication.


Contents

Foreword; C.Christie
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Politeness Research in and across Cultures; D.Z.Kádár & F.Bargiela-Chiappini
PART I
Some Issues with the Concept of Face: When, What, How and How Much?; J.O'Driscoll
On the Concept of Face and Politeness; M.Sifianou
PART II
Im/politeness, Rapport Management and Workplace Culture: Truckers Performing Masculinities on Canadian Ice-Roads; L.Mullany
Why are Israeli Children Better at Settling Disputes than Israeli Politicians?; Z.Kampf & S.Blum-Kulka
Korean Honorifics and 'Revealed', 'Ignored', and Suppressed' Aspects of Korean Culture and Politeness; L.Brown
Modern Chinese Politeness Revisited; Y.Gu
Modes of Address between Female Staff in Georgian Professional Discourse: Medical and Academic Contexts; M.Rusieshvili
PART III
Indirectness in Zimbabwean English: A Study of Intercultural Communication in the UK; K.Grainger
On (Im)Politeness Behind the Iron Curtain; E.Ogiermann & M.Suszczyńska
Conflict, Culture and Face; Y.Watanabe
Cultural Variability in Face Interpretation and Management; E.Bogdanowska-Jakubowska
Epilogue: S.Harris
Index of Names
Index of Topics


Authors

FRANCESCA BARGIELA-CHIAPPINI is Honorary Associate Professor in the Centre of Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK.  She has a long-standing research interest in intercultural communication and intercultural pragmatics. Recent publications include an edited volume on Face, Communication and Social Interaction (2009) and a special journal issue on Face in Interaction (2010), both with Michael Haugh.

DÁNIEL Z. KÁDÁR is Research Fellow in the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Associate Professor in Asia University, Taiwan. His main fields of interest include linguistic politeness, sociopragmatics, and the sociocultural development of politeness in the East Asian region. His recent publications include volumes such as Politeness in East Asia (with Sara Mills) and Historical and Contemporary Chinese Politeness (with Yuling Pan) as well as papers in international journals.