Western Politeness Theory and Non-Western Context

Jung-ran Park

in Discourse as Cultural Struggle

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9789622098114
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206830 | DOI:
Western Politeness Theory and Non-Western Context

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This chapter examines the cultural issues and controversies involved in the theoretical frameworks of linguistic politeness. It analyzes the theoretical accounts of non-Western sociocultural phenomena and the concept of face and suggests that linguistic politeness can and should be seen as a sociocultural phenomenon. It contends that the cultural case of politeness is merely a sign of all other sociocultural signs.

Keywords: linguistic politeness; sociocultural phenomena; face; cultural issues; cultural controversies

Chapter.  7606 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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