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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However, relevance theory has three problems for politeness-related studies. Impoliteness, although its performance involves significant differences, can be defined along similar but contrary lines: In my data, the most frequent implicit strategy by which impoliteness is understood is sarcasm. Matsumotofor example, points out that Japanese culture stresses the group more than cilpeper individual see also Ide ; Gu ; Mao ; Nwoye ; Wierzbicka [], for similar points: Gricean implicature underpins the traditional cjlpeper to politeness.

Brown and Levinson is in a better position to accommodate cross- cultural variation.

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Like the superstrategies, the output strategies for positive and negative politeness are not linked to any clear underlying dimension of politeness. The message conveyed is partially mixed: Negative politeness is avoidance-based and characterised by: Impoliteness strategies regularly occur in specific contexts, and those specific contexts are associated with offence.

For example, “I’m thirsty”, said with the goal of getting dulpeper cup of tea, culpsper the Maxim of Relation Grice Meier see politeness as a matter of doing what is appropriate, but Watts is clearly right in allowing for the fact that people frequently do more than what is called for.


It does not suit politeness to place a relatively restricted notion of intention at its centre. Only his joke, sir, his favourite joke. More specifically, I analysed culpwper on and parodies of rudeness. Positive Politeness Output Strategies: Linguistics and the Education of Language Teachers: In practice then, I have argued that Locher and Watts’s work knowingly combines approaches of different orders.

Impoliteness: Using Language to Cause Offence – Jonathan Culpeper – Google Books

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.

Among the former they include orders, requests, threats, criticism, contradictions, and the mention of taboo topics; among the latter, expressing thanks, unwilling promises and offers, apologies, the breakdown of physical control over one’s body, and confessions.

Elsewhere, however, Brown and Levinson Thirdly, no publication has shown how relevance theory can produce effective analyses of stretches of naturally-occurring discourse, a limitation Watts Pragmatics and Beyond I 5. What emerges, then, maps quite well onto the set of impoliteness strategies outlined above.

Whatever the case, as a whole, Locher and Watts’s approach is not purely discursive. Im politeness is in the eyes and ears cilpeper the beholder.

Studies in the Black English Vernacular. Austin, Paddy Politeness revisited — the dark side. It is a sugaring of the pill technique.

This feature seems to be similar to Haugh’s point that evidence of politeness can be found in, amongst other things, “the reciprocation of concern evident in the adjacent placement of expressions of concern relevant to the norms in both in that particular interaction” b: For example, Lim and Bowers argue that strong threats to positive face are not usually counterbalanced by negative facework. Facework, according to Goffman, is made up of “the actions taken by a person to make whatever he [sic] is doing consistent with face” I suggest this is the basis on which a well-founded cross-cultural pragmatic research could proceed.


Sources of Children’s Knowledge. Note that conceiving of politeness as an attitude accommodates the frequently stated point that politeness is subjective and evaluative e.

Journal of Pragmatics 14 2: This is one of the most intractable questions in the field, to which a multitude of answers have been proposed. 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.

They include non-verbal behaviours such as burping. As Terkourafi comments a: In order to show solidarity with h, say something which is i obviously untrue, and ii obviously impolite to h” [and this will give rise to an interpretation such that] “what s says is impolite to h and is clearly untrue. However, I am not convinced that face easily accommodates all politeness-relevant positive beliefs. This kind of politeness is labelled “anticipated politeness” by Frasercited in Terkourafi