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Impoliteness in Media Discourse

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Anna Bączkowska

The book presents the issue of impoliteness in media discourse found in television debates, films and computer-mediated communication. The phenomenon is viewed from different theoretical perspectives, namely prosody studies, corpus linguistics, media studies and audiovisual translation, neo-Gricean approaches, reception-oriented investigations and context-bound interpretations. Authors from ten different countries – Sweden, USA, Norway, New Zealand, Mexico, Georgia, France, Poland, India, and UAE – analyse data from nine languages – English, Swedish, Georgian, Polish, Arabic, Persian, French, Croatian and Montenegrin.

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Impoliteness in the media and its reception (Iwona Benenowska)

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Iwona Benenowska Impoliteness in the media and its reception Abstract The aim of the chapter is to investigate impoliteness in select samples extracted from the Polish media. The examination is threefold and encompasses the following levels of analysis: linguistic, pragmalinguistic and sociolinguistic. The data are presented from the following perspectives: the situational and linguistic background, immediate context, reflections on self-image/face of the sender and on social norms, intentions of the sender and the addressee, emotions and hierarchical interpersonal relationship (including the option of blocking a possible reply). Social reception of the impolite behaviour and the motivation behind it constitute an important part of the study. Keywords: linguistic impoliteness, interaction, interpersonal relations, reception 1. Introduction The world becomes boorish at a terrifying pace. At one time, the lack of good manners was associated with the community of bums and lower classes. Educated people and those with high social status tried to keep up the norms, at least on the surface - from not blowing one’s nose in the street to their attitude to neighbours. (...) Words, which once would not get through one’s throat, are now uttered in public (...) (àysiak, 2008:14).1 In our times, impoliteness (including linguistic impoliteness) in everyday life is not a rare phenomenon. In fact, it seems that there is “a friendly atmosphere” around impoliteness and a social consent for this type of conduct. Strangely enough, even the public sphere is not free from impoliteness, and, rather than opposing impoliteness, as one would expect, it often replicates...

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