This course aims to develop students’ understanding of key theoretical perspectives and issues in linguistic (im)politeness and their capacity to apply the theories to authentic data. It will cover major approaches, from early classic politeness theories to more recent developments which take into account or deal with lay perceptions of (im)politeness. It also explores topics such as (im)politeness and culture as well as (im)politeness in specific contexts (e.g. in drama and political exchanges). Examples will be drawn from a wide range of sources such as everyday conversations, political communication and online communication.
- What is ‘(im)politeness’?
- Pragmatic approaches to (im)politeness
- Discursive approaches to (im)politeness
- (Im)politeness and culture
- (Im)politeness in specific contexts
- To introduce students to key theoretical perspectives and issues in linguistic (im)politeness;
- To develop students’ critical awareness of the key issues in (im)politeness research;
- To enable students to engage with issues relating to gender, power and culture, as they relate to linguistic (im)politeness;
- To develop students’ capacity to apply the theories learnt to authentic data.
The course is comprised of weekly lectures and tutorials
Assessment for the course is 100% coursework. It is comprised of three parts:
- Tutorials and in-class participation (15%)
Please note that attendance of all tutorials is mandatory.
- Mid-term test (35%)
- Final essay (50%)
There is no specific textbook for the course. Relevant readings and references will be provided in class.