Impoliteness: Using Language to Cause Offence

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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.
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'Stimulating and scholarly … a significant contribution to the growing research area of rudeness and impoliteness discourse.' Janet Holmes, Victoria University of Wellington

'Using diverse examples of rudeness, it will fascinate students of communication and linguistics as it addresses important controversies in the study of politeness.' Karen Tracy, University of Colorado, Boulder

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Meet the Author

Jonathan Culpeper is based in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University.
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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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