We use politeness every day when interacting with other people. Yet politeness is an impressively complex linguistic process, and studying it can tell us a lot about the social and cultural values of social groups or even a whole society, helping us to understand how humans 'encode' states of mind in their words. The traditional, stereotypical view is that people in East Asian cultures are indirect, deferential and extremely polite - sometimes more polite than seems necessary. This revealing book takes a fresh look at the phenomenon, showing that the situation is far more complex than these stereotypes would suggest. Taking examples from Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Singaporean Chinese, it shows how politeness differs across countries, but also across social groups and subgroups. This book is essential reading for those interested in intercultural communication, linguistics and East Asian languages.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 330
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
'... avoids restrictive stereotypes and glib assumptions, productively complicating and extending our understanding of East Asian politeness and impoliteness.' Robert B. Arundale, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
'... a fundamental milestone and an overdue change of direction, this collection will doubtless become one of the 21st century's reference works for politeness research.' Dr Derek Bousfield, University of Central Lancashire