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Gender and Politeness
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  • Page extent: 280 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.393 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521009195 | ISBN-10: 0521009197)

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  • Published August 2003

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Challenging the notion that women are necessarily always more polite than men (as language and gender literature claim), Sara Mills discusses the complex relationship between gender and politeness. Mills argues that, although women speakers, drawing on stereotypes of femininity, can appear to be acting more politely than men, there are many circumstances where women will act as "impolitely" as men.


Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Rethinking linguistic interpretation; 2. Theorising politeness; 3. Politeness and impoliteness; 4. Theorising gender; 5. Gender and politeness; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

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