Gender and Politeness

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 10, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 270 pages
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Gender and Politeness challenges the notion that women are necessarily always more polite than men as much of the language and gender literature claims. Sara Mills discusses the complex relations between gender and politeness and argues that although there are circumstances when women speakers, drawing on stereotypes of femininity to guide their behaviour, will appear to be acting in a more polite way than men, there are many circumstances where women will act just as impolitely as men.
 

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A must have for any undergraduate involving this aspect of linguistics in an essay!

Contents

Introduction
1
Rethinking linguistic interpretation
16
Theorising politeness
57
Politeness and impoliteness
121
Theorising gender
164
Gender and politeness
202
Conclusions
238
Bibliography
247
Index
266
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About the author (2003)

Sara Mills is Research Professor in the School of Cultural Studies, Sheffield Hallam University. Her previous books include Feminist Stylistics and the edited volumes Gendering the Reader and Language and Gender.