Centre for Intercultural Politeness Research

  • University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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The Centre provides a focal point for research and pedagogy in liguistic politeness. Linguistic politness in an important tool by means of which human relationships are formed, maintained and renegotitated. Its study becomes pivotal in the analysis of intercultural and cross-cultural interactions, due to culture-specific differences in the perception of what counts as 'polite' and 'impolite'. Our interpretation of 'culture' is not limited to a national culture in a narrow sense, but it includes the (sub-)culture of networks that constitute a given society. Due to this interpretation, we are interested in the complexities of linguistic politeness (and related phenonema), and we pursue this interest by adopting a discursive approach to authentic naturally-occuring data. 

Our areas of specific expertise include the following: politeness theories, face theories, intercultural and cross-cultural politeness research, relational rituals, historical im/politness, politness and laughter, politeness and language education. 

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politeness Social Sciences
pragmatics Social Sciences
religious behavior Social Sciences
interaction Social Sciences
humor Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
relational work Social Sciences
aggression Social Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2018

1 Citations

Dances with footings: a Goffmanian perspective on the Soto case

O'Driscoll, J., 23 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Politeness Research. 14, 1, p. 39-62 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ceremonial Behavior
court hearing

Language in conflict: Linguistics in mediation

Jeffries, L., O'Driscoll, J. & Evans, M., 2018, Applying Linguistics: Language and the Impact Agenda.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Neglected West: Notions of politeness in Britain and America

Culpeper, J., O'Driscoll, J. & Hardaker, C., 2018, (Accepted/In press) From Speech Acts to Lay Concepts of Politeness. Ogiermann, E. & Blitvich, P. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter