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What is politeness?

 

Definition
 

Politeness is social deixis that expresses a low degree of solidarity between the speaker and the addressee.

Examples (German, French)
 
  • Some uses of the second person pronouns Sie in German and vous in French signal politeness.

    Source:

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 179

  • Generic
      Politeness is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 179

     

    Brown, R. and Gilman 1960 253


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