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Politeness Some Universals in Language Usage

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ISBN-10: 0521313554

ISBN-13: 9780521313551

Edition: 1987

Authors: Penelope Brown, Stephen C. Levinson, John L. Gumperz, Paul Drew, John J. Gumperz

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This study is about the principles for constructing polite speech. The core of it first appeared in Questions and Politeness, edited by Esther N. Goody (now out of print). It is here reissued with a new introduction which surveys the now considerable literature in linguistics, psychology and the social sciences that the original extended essay stimulated, and suggests new directions for research. The authors describe and account for some remarkable parallelisms in the linguistic construction of utterances with which people express themselves in different languages and cultures. A motive for these parallels is isolated - politeness, broadly defined to include both polite friendliness and…    
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Book details

List price: $68.99
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/27/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 358
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Stephen C. Levinson is Director of the Language and Cognition Group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands.

Symbols and abbreviations
Introduction to the reissue
Summarized argument
The argument: intuitive bases and derivative definitions
On the nature of the model
Realizations of politeness strategies in language
Derivative hypotheses
Sociological implications
Implications for language studies
Author index
Subject index