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Impoliteness: Using Language to Cause Offence
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 ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 6th 2011)
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This is a dense book, but very rich. I'm not well versed in sociolinguistics so I don't know how significant an independent contribution it is, but it at the very least provides a wonderful overview of the politeness and "face" literatures, among others. I have no doubt that I'll be referring to this book again and again in my own work.