This paper argues that politeness and impoliteness are integrally related to offence management. The outlines of a semantic theory of linguistic politeness are sketched. As a semantic theory, interfaces to both pragmatics and compositional syntax may be expected, but these are spelled out in companion papers.


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  1. 1.Computational Linguistics Group, Centre for Computing and Language Studies, School of Computer Science and StatisticsTrinity College DublinDublin 2Ireland

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