Impoliteness using language to cause offence

When is language considered 'impolite'? Is impolite language only used for anti-social purposes? Can impolite language be creative? What is the difference between 'impoliteness' and 'rudeness'? Grounded in naturally-occurring language data and drawing on findings from l...

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Main Author: Culpeper, Jonathan
Format: eBook
Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2011
Series:Studies in interactional sociolinguistics
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Collection: Cambridge Books Online - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • face and social norms
  • Introduction: impoliteness definitions
  • The notion of impoliteness
  • Face and offence
  • Social norms and offence
  • Cross-cultural variation and offence type
  • intentionality and emotions
  • Intentionality and offence
  • Emotion and offence
  • Understanding impoliteness: an integrated socio-cognitive model
  • academia and general usage compared
  • Impoliteness metalinguistic labels and their semantic domains
  • Metalinguistic labels and their domain of usage: corpus and report data findings
  • Mapping impoliteness metapragmatic comments and the case of 'over-politeness'
  • Impoliteness metapragmatic rules
  • 4. Conventionalised formulaic impoliteness and its intensification
  • Face-attack strategies and context
  • Is (im)politeness inherent in language?
  • From conventionalised politeness to conventionalised impoliteness
  • Exacerbating the offensiveness of impoliteness formulae
  • implicational impoliteness
  • Implicational impoliteness: form-driven
  • Implicational impoliteness: convention-driven
  • Implicational impoliteness: context-driven
  • Directness, context and gravity of offence
  • co-texts and contexts
  • The backdrop for impoliteness
  • Contextual priming: face components, sensitivity and exposure
  • Co-textual priming: (im)politeness thresholds and reciprocity
  • Recontextualising impoliteness: genuine vs mock impoliteness
  • Contextual neutralisation of impoliteness
  • functions
  • Affective impoliteness
  • Coercive impoliteness
  • Entertaining impoliteness
  • Creativity and patterns of impoliteness
  • Institutional impoliteness
  • 8. Conclusions