Category Archives: Journal Articles

Long (2016) A Social Cognitive Account of Relational Work

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Bengalis on Orkut: Greetings and Interpersonal Closeness

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Information on the new publication of Assistant Professor, Dr. Anupam, has come in.

The publication, “Greetings and interpersonal closeness: A case of Bengalis on Orkut”, may be of interest to some of the members/ readers of this group. The article is freely available for all until March 11, 2016. The paper can be accessed by clicking on the following URL:

Tsakona, V. (2016). Teaching Polite Strategies in the Kindergarten



Abstract: The present study explores the use of the genre of service encounters to
teach (about) politeness strategies in the kindergarten. My teaching proposal involves
a critical approach to politeness strategies which is expected to enhance students’
awareness of the social/interactional aspects of service encounters, and in particular to
familiarize them with positive and negative politeness and with how the speech acts
they may use in such contexts contribute to creating solidarity or distance with their
interlocutors. Since young children participate in such interactions outside school,
their own experiences could form the basis for language teaching. Concurrently,
kindergartens are often equipped to host role play activities simulating service
encounters, and teachers are usually trained to assist children in such activities. Given
the above, the present teaching proposal will be based on the multiliteracies model
which aims at cultivating students’ critical literacy skills and exploits children’s
communicative and textual experiences. The presentation of the teaching proposal
here includes not only specific activities and goals that could be set by teachers and
children, but also the analysis of authentic data, so as to assist teachers in the
preparation of their courses. (Full article: tsakona_pr-2015-0022_proofs.pdf )

Blommaert & Maly (2014) Ethnographic Linguistic Landscape Analysis

“Whenever the composition of a neighborhood changes, the place sounds and looks differently. We realize that it has changed because we hear and read different languages than the ones we expected or were used to. Language, in that sense, is the most immediate and direct identifier of people and the most immediately sensitive indicator of social change. And disciplined attention to language can help identify the nature and direction of such processes of change, sometimes years before such changes show up in official statistics…”

Read more: tpcs_100_blommaert-maly2.pdf


Fukushima (2015) on another perspective of politeness

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This journal article discusses fresh non-linguistics aspects and perspectives on politeness such as “attentiveness” and “heart”… Read more: fukushima-s-pr-2015-0011.pdf


While politeness has been researched mainly from the perspectives
of face and identity, this conceptual paper explores another understanding of
politeness through the consideration of attentiveness, namely, a demonstrator’s pre-emptive responses to a recipient’s verbal or non-verbal cues or situations surrounding a recipient and a demonstrator, which takes the form of offering.
In this paper, it is suggested that politeness can be construed in relation to the heart; and that behavioral (non-linguistic) politeness, an understudied area in the field, should be taken into account in politeness research. With the development of interpersonal pragmatics, there has been a growing need to investigate interpersonal relationships, and great importance is placed on evaluation in the discursive approach. As attentiveness is an interpersonal notion, which involves evaluation, the consideration of attentiveness meets these demands.
In the present paper, the concept of attentiveness is clarified and it is shown how attentiveness works by presenting the process of demonstration and evaluation of attentiveness.
Keywords: politeness, attentiveness, evaluation, heart


Maíz-Arévalo (2015) on jockery mockery on Spanish and English Facebook communities

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Abstract: Understood as an umbrella term covering different phenomena (e.g.,
banter, teasing, jocular insults, etc.), mock impoliteness has long attracted the
attention of scholars. However, most of this research has concentrated on English
while other languages have been neglected. In addition, previous research
has mostly analyzed face-to-face interaction, generally ignoring computer-mediated
communication. This paper aims to redress this imbalance by analyzing
a particular case of mock impoliteness – i.e., jocular mockery – in two Facebook
communities (Spanish and English). More specifically, and following
Haugh’s (2010) and Haugh and Bousfield’s (2012) three inter-related dimensions,
this paper intends to answer three questions: (i) what triggers jocular
mockery in each corpus? (ii) How is it “framed”? And (iii) how do interlocutors
respond to it? To this end, two balanced datasets were gathered: one in (British)
English and one in (Peninsular) Spanish, consisting of 6,215 and 6,193 words
respectively. Results show that jocular mockery is pervasive in both datasets
and both British and Spanish users resort to it when confronted with bragging.
Likewise, both groups borrow framing strategies from face-to-face communication
but also employ other means afforded by Facebook itself. They also opt
for accepting it good-naturedly as a way to boost group rapport.
Keywords: jocular mockery, computer-mediated communication,


Norrick & Haugh (Eds.) JoP Volume 86, 1-110 (2015) Interdisciplinary perspectives on pragmatics: A Festschrift for Jonathan Culpeper

A special issue in honour of Prof Jonathan Culpeper with a lot of interesting articles. I have uploaded two of them  (including re-posting Haugh 2015 here):

Interdisciplinary perspectives on pragmatics: A festschrift for Jonathan Culpeper

Pages 1-4

Neal Norrick, Michael Haugh

Interpersonal pragmatics and its link to (im)politeness research

Pages 5-10 

Miriam A. Locher

Modern scholars within politeness research need to carefully define the scope of their research.

Scholars studying interpersonal aspects of communication can benefit from insights within other linguistic and interdisciplinary fields of studies.

Studying (im)politeness benefits from combining methodologies from different research fields.

conventionalisation:  A new agenda for im/politeness research

Pages 11-18

Marina Terkourafi

(Un)expected behavior: Some general issues and a papal example

Pages 19-24

Claudia Caffi

Un/expectedness is the potential encompassing category with respect to im/politeness and in/appropriateness.

The choice of un/expectedness would bring two advantages.

First, the concept would not be value-laden, unlike im/politeness and in/appropriateness.

Second, it would be selected on empirical and phenomenological, rather than logical and semantic grounds.

Conceptualizing politeness in Greek: Evidence from Twitter corpora

Pages 25-30

Maria Sifianou

Twitter as a source of naturally occurring data.

The influence of the medium in the conceptualization of politeness.

Politeness is not restricted to verbal behaviour.

Direct off-record requests? – ‘Hinting’ in family interactions

Pages 31-35

Eva Ogiermann

Impoliteness and taking offence in initial interactions (Article)

Pages 36-42

Michael Haugh

Intercultural impoliteness

Pages 43-47

Istvan Kecskes

 The combining of Discourse Markers – A beginning

Pages 48-53

Bruce Fraser

Understanding vagueness: A prosodic analysis of endocentric and exocentric general extenders in English conversation

Pages 54-62

Jesús Romero-Trillo

Pragmatics of fiction: Literary uses of uh and um

Pages 63-67

Andreas H. Jucker

“Ah, pox o’ your Pad-lock”: Interjections in the Old Bailey Corpus 1720–1913

Pages 68-73

Elizabeth Closs Traugott

Chinese xiehouyu (歇 后 语) and the interpretation of metaphor and metonymy

Pages 74-79

Dingfang Shu

Lexical cloning in English: A neo-Gricean lexical pragmatic analysis

Pages 80-85

Yan Huang

Under/standing cartoons: The suppression hypothesis revisited

Pages 86-93

Ofer Fein, Sari Beni-Noked, Rachel Giora

Narrative illocutionary acts direct and indirect

Pages 94-99

Neal R. Norrick

The power of the ordinary: Quotidian framing as a narrative strategy

Pages 100-105

Yoshiko Matsumoto

Subjectivity: Between discourse and conceptualization

Pages 106-110

Jan Nuyts