The second edition of this collection of 13 original papers contains an updated introductory section detailing the significance that the original articles published in 1992 have for the further development of research into linguistic politeness into the 21st century. The original articles present both the most important problems in developing a theory of linguistic politeness and a number of case studies and research projects. Key features The very successful hardcover now as an affordable paperback. Ideal as an introductory text to politeness research, one of the basic topics in applied linguistics. The new introduction by Richard Watts covers recent developments in politeness research since the 1990s.
"... there is much to be gained from revisiting this founding work of the discursive approach to politeness in pursuit of a more coherent approach in the field of politeness research." Michael Haugh, Griffith University, on Linguist List, June 27, 2006
"The strenght of the articles is their diversity of subject matter and their accessibility in discussing complex and sometimes obscure terminology. The authors bring together many diverse strands of the study of politeness, allowing more percise and detailed insights. [...] Politness in Language deserves to be reissued as a valuable contribution to politeness research in the 21st Century."Ian Walkinshaw in: Journal of Politeness Research 3/2/2007 "... there is much to be gained from revisiting this founding work of the discursive approach to politeness in pursuit of a more coherent approach in the field of politeness research." Michael Haugh: Linguist List 06/2006
Richard J. Watts is Professor at the University of Berne, Switzerland. Sachiko Ide is Professor of Linguistics at Japan Women University, Tokyo, Japan. Konrad Ehlich is Professor at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München, Germany.
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