Linguistic Politeness Across Boundaries

The case of Greek and Turkish

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  • Editors: Arın Bayraktaroğlu1, and Maria Sifianou2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2001
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027298119

This volume includes 14 papers investigating politeness phenomena in Greece and Turkey, the cultural cross-roads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It reflects current research and provides observations of and findings in patterns of linguistic politeness in a geographical area other than the much studied English speaking ones. The book appeals to professionals and students interested in a broader perspective of language use in its social context.<br />Articles in the collection are empirically rather than theoretically oriented and examine realisations of politeness in relation to social parameters. The chapters have been arranged in pairs (Greek/Turkish), treating the following related issues: firstly a more general ethnographic picture of the two societies, the variables of power/status in classroom and other interaction, solidarity in advice-giving and the use of approbatory expressions, service encounters and the differential use of language by males and females, the use of interruptions in television talk, and finally compliments.<br />

Subjects: Pragmatics; Altaic languages; Other Indo-European languages

  • Affiliations: 1: Cambridge Centre for Languages; 2: University of Athens

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