By Linguistic Politeness Research Group
This selection of essays through the Linguistic Politeness learn staff represents the result of over a decade of the group's examine, discussions, seminars and meetings almost about linguistic politeness. the quantity brings jointly innovative essays reflecting the variety of discursive methods to the research of politeness and impoliteness.
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Conversely, by choosing not to use phrases associated with politeness and instead using swear words and direct insults, interactants may simultaneously express their anger within a particular context, but may also be seen to be challenging the status quo and indicating their contempt for the community of practice or social system as a whole. For example, in Bousfield's (2008) analyses of a series of incidents involving traffic wardens and parking attendants, those who swore at the traffic warden were not only contesting the warden's judgements but could also be seen as contesting their own and the warden's position in the social order.
Bourdieu's notion of 'habitus' can be seen as the set of dispositions to perform one's identity in particular ways which are inculcated in the individual by 17 However, Terkourafi (2005a) and Grainger (this volume) suggest that perhaps this politeness 1 focus in discursive theorising needs to be questioned. Discursive approaches to politeness and impoliteness 31 explicit and implicit socialisation (Bucholtz 1999a; 1999b). Bourdieu describes habitus as "the dispositions [which] generate practices, perceptions and attitudes which are 'regular' without being consciously co-ordinated or governed by any 'rule"' (Bourdieu 1991: 12).
It is clear that in different languages, even different groups within a society, politeness will be associated with different values and will thus be defined and function differently. 1. Politeness does not reside in utterances Locher and Watts (2007: 78) argue that "no linguistic behaviour ... is inherently polite or impolite". Whilst many other discursive theorists of politeness and impoliteness would not go as far as this, even Leech (2007) has moved away from his notions of relative and absolute politeness to a more flexible pragmatic notion of what can be counted by interactants as politeness.
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