Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creoles

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  • Editors: Susanne Mühleisen1, and Bettina Migge2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027294166

<i>Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creoles </i>is the first collection to focus on socio-pragmatic issues in the Caribbean context, including the socio-cultural rules and principles underlying strategic language use. While the Caribbean has long been recognized as a rich and interesting site where cultural continuities meet with new "creolized" or innovative practices, questions of politeness practices, constructions of personhood, or the notion of face have so far been neglected in linguistic research on Caribbean Creoles. Drawing on linguistic politeness theory and Goffman's concept of face, eleven mostly fieldwork-based innovative contributions critically examine a range of topics, such as ritual insults, strategic use of "bad language", <i>kiss-teeth</i>, the performance of homophobic threats, greetings, address forms, advice-giving, socialization and discourse, parent-child discourse, register choice and communicative repertoire in the Caribbean context.

Subjects: Discourse studies; Contact Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; Creole studies

  • Affiliations: 1: Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University; 2: University College Dublin

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