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The Pragmatics of Politeness

Geoffrey Leech


This book presents a general account of politeness, championing the thesis that politeness is communicative altruism. It gives an account of a wide range of politeness phenomena in English, illustrated by hundreds of examples of actual language use taken from authentic British and American sources. Leech takes a pragmatic approach based on his earlier work on politeness, going back to his well-known book Principles of Pragmatics (1983), but also taking on board more recent approaches. The 1983 book introduced the now widely accepted distinction between pragmalinguistic and sociopragmatic aspec ... More

Keywords: politeness, pragmatics, English, pragmalinguistic, sociopragmatic, speech acts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780195341386
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Leech, author
Lancaster University