Vietnamese Politeness: A Comparison

I received an email from Miss A with some questions which I am citing in the following paragraph:

“I would like to ask you a question about Vietnamese language. Do they have polite forms of address terms, like those that exist in Malay? Are there any other forms of politeness in the language?”

I am posting one of the latest works on Vietnamese politeness to answer Miss A’s questions, as well as for those who are working on politeness for their projects. The publication appeared as Chapter 9 in Politeness in East Asia posted on Unlike earlier works, it includes non-linguistic politeness in its emphasis. Click:


7 thoughts on “Vietnamese Politeness: A Comparison

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  2. Minh

    Hi Grace,

    I must say it again here: thank you for a very well written article (we were in contact before when I wrote to ask for your favor about introducing a friend of mine to your colleagues at the Chinese Heritage Centre for her research). Your article is very helpful and my colleague from NUS and I cite it in one of our joint papers.
    It’s really nice to find this forum, too. I will sign up for membership now. Look forward to joining your discussions soon.
    Have a nice day,
    Minh Nguyen (NIE, NTU)

    1. Grace Chew C L Post author

      Dear Co Minh,
      I remember your previous emails. It’s good to hear from someone who publishes on Vietnam!
      Congratulations on the publication of your joint paper. I have some of your papers in my archive; I suppose your joint paper is available online? I will look at your website once this busy stage of my writing is over.
      Thank you, and I look forward to your posts! Have happy days!

    1. Grace Chew C L

      Thank you for your support. You’re welcome to share on it. Just leave a reply or use the email address on this blog anytime.


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