Politeness
(3,814 words)

1. Introduction

Politeness refers to using language to express the concept of being polite in social interaction. It is one of the most dynamic linguistic phenomena in language use because it is closely connected to many sociocultural factors, including ideology, power, social distance, and the perception of s…

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Yuling PAN, “Politeness”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 19 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000335>
First published online: 2015



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