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The aim of this research blog is to encourage sharing among researchers on the topic of linguistic politeness and pragmatics. This platform has been made accessible to public since 31 July 2013.

An Online Discussion & Resource Network
–Multilingual; Cross-Disciplinary (Business, Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology, etc.)
–Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, other Southeast Asian Subgroups & Clusters (Chinese, Indian, Malay, Peranakan, etc.)
–Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Scholars

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The Second International Conference on the Linguistics of Vietnam

For further inquiries, please email: hoithaovienngonnguhoc2015@gmail.com 


*For comprehensive lists of Linguistics conferences for 2015 and 2016, please click on “Conferences” on the right-hand side of this site.

Job Opportunities: Assistant Professorship, University of Warwick


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Due to expansion of our programmes, we are currently advertising two permanent Assistant Professor posts at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK. They will be of interest to ambitious academics with expertise in two or more of the following areas: pragmatics, sociolinguistics, qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods, linguistics.

For further details, please click here<https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?owner=5062452&ownertype=fair&jcode=1462383>.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey (e: Helen.Spencer-Oatey@warwick.ac.uk<mailto:Helen.Spencer-Oatey@warwick.ac.uk>


NEW BOOK: Terkourafi, M. (Ed.)(2015) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Im/politeness


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The volume of papers from the Third Linguistic Impoliteness and Rudeness (LIAR III) conference on the theme of “Experimental and empirical approaches to politeness and impoliteness”; http://www.liar3.illinois.edu/) is now available through John Benjamins’ AILA Applied Linguistics Series.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Im/politeness
Edited by Marina Terkourafi

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Im/politeness brings together the work of linguists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and second language experts in order to provide readers with a snapshot of the possibilities for studying im/politeness in the 21st century. The volume is organized along methodological lines in three parts each preceded by a brief introduction outlining the evolution and advantages and disadvantages of the relevant methodologies, while a specially commissioned epilogue places the volume in the field as a whole. Part I is dedicated to self-reporting studies, Part II covers observational studies, and Part III introduces experimental studies. A central goal of the present collection is to make a case for the relevance of all these types of data and of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to the ongoing theoretical debates in the field of im/politeness.


Félix-Brasdefer (2015): The Language of Service Encounters

A new book on service encounters:
Félix-Brasdefer (2015): The Language of Service Encounters: A Pragmatic-Discursive Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


This book offers an account of service encounters in commercial and non-commercial settings. Grounded in naturally occurring face-to-face interactions and drawing on a pragmatic-discursive approach, J. César Félix-Brasdefer sets out a framework for the analysis of transactional and relational talk in various contexts in the United States and Mexico. This book investigates cross-cultural and intra-lingual pragmatic variation during the negotiation of service. The author provides a broad review of research on service encounters to date, and analyzes characteristics of sales transactions, such as participants’ roles, pragmatic and discourse functions of relational talk and address forms, the realization of politeness, and changes in alignment from transactional to relational talk.


Polite requests in various languages; politeness in the Quran/Koran

(From: http://users.clas.ufl.edu/rthompso/politeness.html)

I am uploading these sample articles for the research interests of some followers and readers of this blog.  Those who are interested in examining the full issues carrying these popular articles might want to refer to Intercultural Pragmatics available in your library.

Yu (2011) English, Hebrew and Korean requests

Al-Khatib (2012) Politeness in the Quran


Code-switching articles

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These articles are published from the 1980s to the 2000s. I am uploading them for easier access for those who are interested in examining the different methodologies used. Please note that they are not representative of their times.

Sert (2005) The Functions of Code-Switching in ELT Classrooms.

Chan (2008) CS in Typologically Distinct Languages_p182-198

Li Wei (2005) ‘How can you tell

Ohio States Uni (2003)_wpl_57

Lin (2000) Deconstructing mixed codes

Berg-Seligson (1986) The linguistic constraints on intrasentential code-switching– a study of spanish-hebrew bilingualism