Impoliteness: Using Language to Cause Offence

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 6, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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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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Contents

Introducing impoliteness
1
Face and social norms
19
Intentionality and emotions
48
3 Impoliteness metadiscourse
71
4 Conventionalised formulaic impoliteness and its intensification
113
Implicational impoliteness
155
Cotexts and contexts
195
Functions
220
8 Conclusions
254
Notes
259
References
263
Index
288
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Jonathan Culpeper is based in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University.