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Published: 07 August 2014

368 Pages


ISBN: 9780195341355

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The Pragmatics of Politeness

Geoffrey Leech

Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

  • Presents a new general theoretical understanding of politeness
  • Offers an account of a wide range of politeness phenomena in English, illustrated by hundreds of examples of actual language use taken largely from authentic British and American sources
  • Takes a pragmatic approach that is based on the controversial notion that politeness is communicative altruism

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