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Linguistic Politeness (Module)

Module description


Linguistic Politeness looks at different ways of conceptualising politeness; from folk definitions and lay perceptions of what constitutes polite language and behaviour to politeness theories. It introduces you to pragmatic and discursive approaches to politeness, as well as having a strong practical component which will involve investigating how politeness can be best captured in everyday interaction and compared across groups. We will discuss different types of data and different methodologies and cover the full range of politeness phenomena, including impoliteness.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Dr Eva Ogiermann

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

(1) One 3,000 word data analysis task (100%) OR one 4,000 word essay (100%) - students may choose between the two.

Key information

Module code 6SSEL027

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No