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The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Takes a thematic approach to this interdisciplinary area of research

  • Considers pragmatic and socio-cultural approaches to (im)politeness

  • Offers contributions from 44 internationally-reputed experts

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Table of contents (30 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    • Jonathan Culpeper, Michael Haugh, Dániel Z. Kádár
    Pages 1-8
  3. Foundations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Pragmatic Approaches (Im)politeness

      • Jonathan Culpeper, Marina Terkourafi
      Pages 11-39
    3. Ideology and (Im)politeness

      • Manfred Kienpointner, Maria Stopfner
      Pages 61-87
    4. Face and (Im)politeness

      • Jim O’Driscoll
      Pages 89-118
    5. Power, Solidarity and (Im)politeness

      • Helen Spencer-Oatey, Vladimir Žegarac
      Pages 119-141
    6. Indexicality and (Im)politeness

      • Barbara Pizziconi, Chris Christie
      Pages 143-170
    7. Convention and Ritual (Im)politeness

      • Marina Terkourafi, Dániel Z. Kádár
      Pages 171-195
  4. Developments

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 197-197
    2. Impoliteness

      • Jonathan Culpeper, Claire Hardaker
      Pages 199-225
    3. (Im)politeness and Identity

      • Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich, Maria Sifianou
      Pages 227-256
    4. (Im)politeness and Relationality

      • Jun Ohashi, Wei-Lin Melody Chang
      Pages 257-285
    5. (Im)politeness and Emotion

      • Andreas Langlotz, Miriam A. Locher
      Pages 287-322
    6. (Im)politeness and Mixed Messages

      • Jonathan Culpeper, Michael Haugh, Valeria Sinkeviciute
      Pages 323-355
    7. (Im)politeness: Prosody and Gesture

      • Lucien Brown, Pilar Prieto
      Pages 357-379
    8. Experimental Approaches to Linguistic (Im)politeness

      • Thomas Holtgraves, Jean-François Bonnefon
      Pages 381-401
    9. (Im)politeness and Developments in Methodology

      • Andreas H. Jucker, Larssyn Staley
      Pages 403-429
  5. (Im)politeness and Variation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 431-431

About this book

This handbook comprehensively examines social interaction by providing a critical overview of the field of linguistic politeness and impoliteness. Authored by over forty leading scholars, it offers a diverse and multidisciplinary approach to a vast array of themes that are vital to the study of interpersonal communication. The chapters explore the use of (im)politeness in specific contexts as well as wider developments, and variations across cultures and contexts in understandings of key concepts (such as power, emotion, identity and ideology). Within each chapter, the authors select a topic and offer a critical commentary on the key linguistic concepts associated with it, supporting their assertions with case studies that enable the reader to consider the practicalities of (im)politeness studies. This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of linguistics, particularly those concerned with pragmatics, sociolinguistics and interpersonal communication. Its multidisciplinary nature means that it is also relevant to researchers across the social sciences and humanities, particularly those working in sociology, psychology and history.


“This handbook … is a significant and valuable contribution to interpersonal communication research. It will be of particular interest to students and researchers who are engaged in the fields of politeness, pragmatics, and interpersonal communication.” (Huiyu Zhang and Danqi Zhang, Pragmatics and Society, Vol. 12 (1), 2021)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept of Linguistics & English Language, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom

    Jonathan Culpeper

  • School of Languages and Cultures, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

    Michael Haugh

  • Dept of Linguistics and Modern Languages, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, United Kingdom

    Dániel Z. Kádár

About the editors

Jonathan Culpeper is Professor of English Language and Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK. His major publications, spanning pragmatics and the English Language, include Impoliteness: Using Language to Cause Offence (2011). He was co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pragmatics.

Michael Haugh is Professor of Linguistics in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is currently Co Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pragmatics, and recent books include Im/Politeness Implicatures (2015) and Understanding Politeness (2013, with Dániel Z. Kádar).

Dániel Z. Kádár is Professor of English Language and Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Intercultural Politeness Research at the University of Huddersfield, UK. His major publications include Politeness, Impoliteness, and Ritual – Maintaining the Moral Order in Interpersonal Interaction (2011), Understanding Politeness (with M. Haugh, 2013), and Relational Rituals and Communication (2013).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness

  • Editors: Jonathan Culpeper, Michael Haugh, Dániel Z. Kádár

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-37507-0Published: 23 May 2017

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-37508-7Published: 11 May 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 824

  • Number of Illustrations: 21 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Applied Linguistics, Language and Gender, Intercultural Communication

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