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Towards an anatomy of impoliteness.

Culpeper, Jonathan (1996) Towards an anatomy of impoliteness. Journal of Pragmatics, 25 (3). pp. 349-367. ISSN 0378-2166

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Abstract

Politeness theories have focussed on how communicative strategies are employed to promote or maintain social harmony in interaction. On the other hand, little work has been done on communicative strategies with the opposite orientation, that of attacking one's interlocutor and causing disharmony. In this paper, I consider the notions of inherent and mock impoliteness, and discuss contextual factors associated with impoliteness. In particular, I attempt to build an impoliteness framework which is parallel but opposite to Brown and Levinson's (1987) theory of politeness. Finally, I demonstrate that in some contexts — specifically that of army training and literary drama — impoliteness behaviour is not a marginal activity, and that we need an appropriate descriptive framework in order to account for it.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Pragmatics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 31687
Deposited By: Dr Jonathan Culpeper
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2010 11:38
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:00
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31687

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