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Politeness Theory

  • By: Daena J. Goldsmith
  • In: Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
  • Edited by: Stephen W. Littlejohn & Karen A. Foss
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Communication Theory

Politeness theory explains how small variations in how we say things are linked to broader features of social relationships and social contexts. This helps us understand how individuals create and interpret messages and also offers an account for speech communities' use of language.

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