Faculty Publications

Title

Teaching the universals of politeness

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

ELT Journal

Volume

51

Issue

1

First Page

21

Last Page

28

Abstract

This paper argues that research invoking Brown and Levinson's theory of politeness in order to determine ‘rules of politeness’ should not form the basis of the teaching of ‘politeness phenomena’ in foreign and second language pedagogy. Rather, a refocusing is called for which views politeness as appropriateness. Such a view has implications for the foreign and second language classroom that centre on cultural awareness-raising. © 1997 Oxford University Press.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1997

DOI of published version

10.1093/elt/51.1.21

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