Historical (im)politeness

Jucker, A. H. and Kopaczyk, J. (2017) Historical (im)politeness. In: Culpeper, J., Haugh, M. and Kádár, D. Z. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 433-459. ISBN 9781137375070 (doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-37508-7_17)

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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 meta-communicative 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.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kopaczyk, Professor Joanna
Authors: Jucker, A. H., and Kopaczyk, J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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