On form and function of politeness formulae

Katrin Schlund
2014 Journal of Politeness Research  
AbstractThis paper focuses on the notion of politeness formulae in linguistic politeness research. It argues that the formal make-up of politeness formulae is crucially motivated by their function. The major claim of this paper is thus that there is a link between form and function of expressions of linguistic politeness. The usefulness of this account will be illustrated by the analysis of empirical data from Slavic languages and German. Reference to Roman Jakobson's markedness theory will
more » ... ess theory will show that the choice of linguistic means is not only dependent on concrete contexts (as is usually claimed in linguistic politeness theory) but also motivated by the language system itself.
doi:10.1515/pr-2014-0012 fatcat:prn3voc7znb6ros7agsoflea3a