A discursive approach to the analysis of politeness data

VAN DER BOM, Isabelle and MILLS, Sara (2015). A discursive approach to the analysis of politeness data. Journal of Politeness Research, 11 (2), 179-206.

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This paper aims to provide an exemplification of the way that the discursive approach can work in relation to the analysis of data. As such, it argues for the validity of the discursive approach to politeness. Because the discursive approach has been seen as difficult to employ in the analysis of data, in recent years, there has been a proliferation of research returning to Brown and Levinson’s approach. Although discursive approaches to politeness have functioned successfully as a critique of Brown and Levinson’s work, they are not seen as a means of analyzing politeness and impoliteness in their own right. By tracing the development of the discursive approach to politeness, and by addressing the critiques that there have been, we argue that although the critical role of the discursive approach is paramount to the development of the field, discursive approaches are more than just a critique, and should be seen as constituting an approach to the analysis of politeness as well. As a case in point, we illustrate what a discursive approach consists of through analysing an intercultural interaction between a group of close friends of Dutch and Italian origin.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Humanities Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1515/pr-2015-0008
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 13:50
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 23:38
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12884

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