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Politeness in East Asia

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Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini, Dániel Z. Kádár, Sara Mills, Barbara Pizziconi, Yuling Pan, Stefanie Stadler, Michael Haugh, Yasuko Obana, Alan Hyun-Oak Kim, Grace Chye Lay Chew, Cher Leng Lee
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  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107007062

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  • 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. The first comprehensive study of the subject, this book is essential reading for those interested in intercultural communication, linguistics and East Asian languages.

    • The first comprehensive study of politeness in East Asian societies
    • Gives numerous examples of polite and impolite language and behaviour
    • Demolishes stereotypes to reveal a more accurate picture of polite behaviour in East Asian cultures today
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    '… 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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107007062
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini
    1. Introduction Dániel Z. Kádár and Sara Mills
    Part I. Politeness in East Asia - Theory:
    2. Politeness and culture Sara Mills and Dániel Z. Kádár
    3. Honorifics: the cultural specificity of a universal mechanism in Japan Barbara Pizziconi
    4. Methodological issues in East Asian politeness research Yuling Pan
    5. Intercultural communication and East Asian politeness Stefanie Stadler
    Part II. Politeness in East Asia - Practice:
    6. Politeness in China Dániel Z. Kádár and Yuling Pan
    7. Politeness in Japan Michael Haugh and Yasuko Obana
    8. Politeness in Korea Alan Hyun-Oak Kim
    9. Politeness in Vietnam Grace Chye Lay Chew
    10. Politeness in Singapore Cher Leng Lee
    11. Epilogue Michael Haugh.

  • Editors

    Dániel Z. Kádár, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
    Dániel Z. Kádár is Research Fellow in the Department of Oriental Studies, Research Institute for Linguistics at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has published in the areas of politeness research and East Asian studies, and his most recent publications include Terms of (Im)politeness (2007), Politeness across Cultures (with Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini, forthcoming), Historical and Contemporary Chinese Politeness (with Yuling Pan, forthcoming) and Politeness in China and Japan (with Michael Haugh, forthcoming).

    Sara Mills, Sheffield Hallam University
    Sara Mills is Research Professor in Linguistics at Sheffield Hallam University. She has published in the field of feminist linguistics and politeness research and also in postcolonial feminist theory. Her most recent publications are Language and Sexism (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Gender and Colonial Space (2004), Gender and Politeness (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Discourse (2000) and Michel Foucault (2002).


    Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini, Dániel Z. Kádár, Sara Mills, Barbara Pizziconi, Yuling Pan, Stefanie Stadler, Michael Haugh, Yasuko Obana, Alan Hyun-Oak Kim, Grace Chye Lay Chew, Cher Leng Lee

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