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Discourse as Cultural Struggle$
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Xu Shi

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098114

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098114.001.0001

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Western Politeness Theory and Non-Western Context

Western Politeness Theory and Non-Western Context

(p.123) 8 Western Politeness Theory and Non-Western Context
Discourse as Cultural Struggle

Jung-ran Park

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the cultural issues and controversies involved in the theoretical frameworks of linguistic politeness. It analyzes the theoretical accounts of non-Western sociocultural phenomena and the concept of face and suggests that linguistic politeness can and should be seen as a sociocultural phenomenon. It contends that the cultural case of politeness is merely a sign of all other sociocultural signs.

Keywords:   linguistic politeness, sociocultural phenomena, face, cultural issues, cultural controversies

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