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Translating Politeness Across Englishes

The Princess and the Pea


Rehana Mubarak-Aberer

Due to the increasing lingua-cultural heterogeneity of today’s users of English, it has become necessary to examine politeness, translation and transcultural communication from a different perspective. This book proposes a concept for a transdisciplinary methodology to shed some light onto the opaque relationship between the lingua-cultural biographies of users of English and their patterns of perceiving and realizing politeness in speech acts. The methodology incorporates aspects of CAT tools and business intelligence systems, and is designed for long-term research that can serve as a foundation for theoretical studies or practical contexts, such as customer relationship management and marketing.

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This book is an abridged and revised version of my PhD thesis which was submitted to the University of Vienna in 2015. I am grateful to all the people who have helped me while I was carrying out the research, writing the thesis, and converting it to a book.

My greatest debt of gratitude is to Prof. Dr. M. A. Michèle Cooke who supervised the PhD thesis. As a wonderful advisor and mentor, Prof. Cooke encouraged me throughout the whole project, motivating me to continue asking critical questions and providing me with valuable feedback.

Furthermore, I would like to thank all survey participants for their time and contribution to the empirical work, and to all friends and colleagues, who helped me distribute the survey. For their invaluable critical questions, proofreading and mental support, and for simply being who they are, I would like to thank Anoj, Judith, Erika, Jon and Jackie, Daniela and Clinton.

Finally, I want to thank my family for their patience, support, devotion and love.←15 | 16→ ←16 | 17→

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