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Historical (im)politeness


Jucker, Andreas H; Kopaczyk, Joanna (2017). Historical (im)politeness. In: Culpeper, Jonathan; Haugh, Michael; Kádár, Dániel Z. The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness. London, 433-459.

Abstract

Drawing on earlier approaches to politeness and impoliteness, this chapter shows their applicability to historical contexts. Early work tends to analyse historical data on the basis of Brown and Levinson’s approach to politeness as a face-threat mitigation strategy. Later work extends the scope to discursive approaches focussing on explicit negotiations of politeness values and the analysis of metacommunicative expressions relating to politeness and impoliteness. The chapter illustrates the most recent approaches with two case studies. The first one traces lexical items in the semantic field of (im)politeness, such as civility, courtesy, rudeness, or impoliteness, in the history of the English language. The second shows how impoliteness can be constructed discursively in a verbal duel between two Scottish Renaissance writers, William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy.

Abstract

Drawing on earlier approaches to politeness and impoliteness, this chapter shows their applicability to historical contexts. Early work tends to analyse historical data on the basis of Brown and Levinson’s approach to politeness as a face-threat mitigation strategy. Later work extends the scope to discursive approaches focussing on explicit negotiations of politeness values and the analysis of metacommunicative expressions relating to politeness and impoliteness. The chapter illustrates the most recent approaches with two case studies. The first one traces lexical items in the semantic field of (im)politeness, such as civility, courtesy, rudeness, or impoliteness, in the history of the English language. The second shows how impoliteness can be constructed discursively in a verbal duel between two Scottish Renaissance writers, William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
08 University Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:06 Jun 2017 10:13
Last Modified:30 Aug 2017 02:05
ISBN:978-1-137-37507-0
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-37508-7

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