English politeness and class

MILLS, Sara (2017). English politeness and class. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

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Politeness plays a vital role in maintaining class differences. In this highly original account, Sara Mills analyses the interrelationship between class and linguistic interaction, uncovering the linguistic ideologies behind politeness in British English. She sheds light on the way politeness and rudeness interrelate with the marking of class boundaries, and reveals how middle-class positions in society are marked by people's use of self-deprecation, indirectness and reserve. Systematically challenging received wisdom about cross-cultural and inter-cultural differences, she goes beyond the mere context of the interaction to investigate the social dimension of politeness. This approach enables readers to analyse other languages in the same way, and a range of case studies illustrate how ideologies of politeness are employed and judged

Item Type: Authored Book
Additional Information: DOI: 10.1017/9781316336922
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Humanities
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316336922
Depositing User: Carmel House
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2018 11:03
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 11:52
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21564

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