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The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness

  • Jonathan Culpeper
  • Michael Haugh
  • Dániel Z. Kádár

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Jonathan Culpeper, Michael Haugh, Dániel Z. Kádár
    Pages 1-8
  3. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Jonathan Culpeper, Marina Terkourafi
      Pages 11-39
    3. Manfred Kienpointner, Maria Stopfner
      Pages 61-87
    4. Jim O’Driscoll
      Pages 89-118
    5. Helen Spencer-Oatey, Vladimir Žegarac
      Pages 119-141
    6. Barbara Pizziconi, Chris Christie
      Pages 143-170
    7. Marina Terkourafi, Dániel Z. Kádár
      Pages 171-195
  4. Developments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Jonathan Culpeper, Claire Hardaker
      Pages 199-225
    3. Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich, Maria Sifianou
      Pages 227-256
    4. Jun Ohashi, Wei-Lin Melody Chang
      Pages 257-285
    5. Andreas Langlotz, Miriam A. Locher
      Pages 287-322
    6. Jonathan Culpeper, Michael Haugh, Valeria Sinkeviciute
      Pages 323-355
    7. Lucien Brown, Pilar Prieto
      Pages 357-379
    8. Thomas Holtgraves, Jean-François Bonnefon
      Pages 381-401
    9. 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.


Politeness Social interaction Facework Pragmatics Interpersonal communication Sociopragmatics Aggression

Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Culpeper
    • 1
  • Michael Haugh
    • 2
  • Dániel Z. Kádár
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept of Linguistics & English LanguageLancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Languages and CulturesUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Dept of Linguistics and Modern LanguagesUniversity of HuddersfieldQueensgateUnited Kingdom

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


“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)