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Women, Men and Politeness

1st Edition

By Janet Holmes


66 pages

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Paperback: 9780582063617
pub: 1995-01-23
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Women, Men and Politeness focuses on the specific issue of the ways in which women and men express politeness verbally.

Using a range of evidence and a corpus of data collected largely from New Zealand, Janet Holmes examines the distribution and functions of a range of specific verbal politeness strategies in women's and men's speech and discusses the possible reasons for gender differences in this area. Data provided on interactional strategies, 'hedges and boosters', compliments and apologies, demonstrates ways in which women's politeness patterns differ from men's, with the implications of these different patterns explored, for women in particular, in the areas of education and professional careers.

Table of Contents

1. Sex, politeness and language

2. Who speaks here? Interacting politely

3. Soft and low: hedges and boosters as politeness devices

4. What a lovely tie! Compliments and positive politeness strategies

5. Sorry! Apologies and negative politeness strategies

6. Why politeness matters




About the Series

Real Language Series

This is a sociolinguistic series about the relationship between language, society and social change. Books in the series draw on natural language data from a wide range of social contexts. The series takes a critical approach to the subject, challenging current orthodoxies, and dealing with familiar topics in new ways.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics