A metalinguistic approach to deconstructing the concepts of 'face' and 'politeness' in Chinese, English and Japanese

Haugh, Michael and Hinze, Carl (2003) A metalinguistic approach to deconstructing the concepts of 'face' and 'politeness' in Chinese, English and Japanese. Journal of Pragmatics, 35 10-11: 1581-1611. doi:10.1016/S0378-2166(03)00049-3


Author Haugh, Michael
Hinze, Carl
Title A metalinguistic approach to deconstructing the concepts of 'face' and 'politeness' in Chinese, English and Japanese
Journal name Journal of Pragmatics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-2166
Publication date 2003-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0378-2166(03)00049-3
Volume 35
Issue 10-11
Start page 1581
End page 1611
Total pages 31
Editor J. L. Mey
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publisher Elsevier Science
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
420121 Comparative Language Studies
751001 Languages and literature
780107 Studies in human society
Abstract In this paper we investigate the concepts of 'face' and 'politeness'. We introduce a metalanguage which we believe is a framework for simplifying the analysis of 'face' and 'politeness'. This metalanguage is based on the observation that both 'face' and 'politeness' involve external evaluations of people. This common element is represented in the metalanguage as B what A shows A thinks of B and what B thinks A thinks of B. The implications of the metalanguage for the analysis of Chinese mian and lion ('face') and English face are then discussed. This is followed by an analysis of examples of politeness in English and teineisa ('politeness') in Japanese. We conclude that the metalanguage may be further developed for use in comparisons of 'face' and 'politeness' across cultures. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keyword Language & Linguistics Theory
Applied Linguistics
Face
Politeness
Chinese
English
Japanese
Metalanguage
Q-Index Code C1

 
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