Impoliteness: Using Language to Cause Offence

Impoliteness: Using Language to Cause Offence

by Jonathan Culpeper
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521869676

ISBN-13: 9780521869676

Pub. Date: 01/31/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

When is language considered 'impolite'? Is impolite language only used for anti-social purposes? Can impolite language be creative? What is the difference between 'impoliteness' and 'rudeness'? Grounded in naturally-occurring language data and drawing on findings from linguistic pragmatics and social psychology, Jonathan Culpeper provides a fascinating account of

Overview

When is language considered 'impolite'? Is impolite language only used for anti-social purposes? Can impolite language be creative? What is the difference between 'impoliteness' and 'rudeness'? Grounded in naturally-occurring language data and drawing on findings from linguistic pragmatics and social psychology, Jonathan Culpeper provides a fascinating account of how impolite behaviour works. He examines not only its forms and functions but also people's understandings of it in both public and private contexts. He reveals, for example, the emotional consequences of impoliteness, how it shapes and is shaped by contexts, and how it is sometimes institutionalised. This book offers penetrating insights into a hitherto neglected and poorly understood phenomenon. It will be welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics and social psychology in particular.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521869676
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2011
Series:
Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics Series, #28
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introducing impoliteness; 1. Understanding impoliteness I: face and social norms; 2. Understanding impoliteness II: intentionality and emotions; 3. Impoliteness metadiscourse; 4. Conventionalised formulaic impoliteness and its intensification; 5. Non-conventionalised impoliteness: implicational impoliteness; 6. Impoliteness events: co-texts and contexts; 7. Impoliteness events: functions; 8. Conclusions.

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