Understanding im/politeness across cultures: an interactional approach to raising sociopragmatic awareness

Haugh, Michael and Chang, Wei-Lin Melody (2015) Understanding im/politeness across cultures: an interactional approach to raising sociopragmatic awareness. International Review of Applied Linguistics, 53 4: 389-414. doi:10.1515/iral-2015-0018


Author Haugh, Michael
Chang, Wei-Lin Melody
Title Understanding im/politeness across cultures: an interactional approach to raising sociopragmatic awareness
Journal name International Review of Applied Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0019-042X
1613-4141
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1515/iral-2015-0018
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 53
Issue 4
Start page 389
End page 414
Total pages 26
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher De Gruyter Mouton
Collection year 2016
Abstract oliteness is an important aspect of communication, particularly across cultures where misunderstandings can have very negative relational consequences. Yet while various approaches to politeness in the context of second language learning have been developed, such approaches have either been largely atheoretical in their conceptualisation of politeness or have employed models that do not adequately capture participant understandings of politeness across cultures. In this paper, it is argued that an approach encompassing participant understandings of politeness is a more appropriate starting point for raising sociopragmatic awareness about im/politeness across languages and cultures. An interactional approach whereby raising pragmalinguistic awareness about the interactional achievement of particular meanings and actions in interaction is combined with raising sociopragmatic awareness about what underlies evaluations of those meanings and actions as im/polite is advocated. It is argued that raising sociopragmatic awareness in this way provides learners with the means to analyse differences between the politeness systems of their first and second languages, thereby allowing them to make more informed choices in regards to both constituting their L2 identities as well as their relationships with others.
Keyword Chinese
English
Face
Interactional pragmatics
Politeness
Sociopragmatics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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