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Abstract

The paper focuses on impoliteness dealt with from a historical pragmatics perspective ( Jucker [ed.] 1995 ; Culpeper and Kádár [eds] 2010 ; Jucker and Taavitsainen [eds] 2010 ; etc.). The approach adopted in this study favours a first-order im/politeness view ( Watts et al. [eds] 1992 ; Eelen 2001 ; etc.), which is mainly concerned with the evaluation of behavioural elements by the participants in a communicative event. As im/politeness in Romanian is under-researched from a historical sociopragmatic perspective, this analysis tries to fill a gap exploring the seventeenth to early-eighteenth century cultural patterns and their characteristics in only two main Romanian provinces, Moldavia and Wallachia (separate states from the Middle Ages until their union in 1859).

My analysis is limited to the understanding and practices of “impoliteness” in official settings (court and diplomatic interactions), aiming to capture the production and evaluation, as well as some self-reflexive aspects ( Eelen 2001 ; Kádár 2013 ) and emotional effects of “impoliteness”. The corpus consists of Moldavian and Wallachian chronicles from the second half of the seventeenth-century and first half of the eighteenth-century, presenting local court life and also scenes at the Ottoman court.

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