Politeness and social signals

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In the literature, politeness has been researched within many disciplines. Although Brown and Levinson’s theory of politeness (1978, 1987) is often cited, it is primarily a linguistic theory and has been criticized for its lack of generalizability to all cultures. Consequently, there is a need for a more comprehensive approach to understand and explain politeness. We suggest applying a social signal framework that considers politeness as a communicative state. By doing so, we aim to unify and explain politeness and its corresponding research and identify further research needed in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-453
Number of pages7
JournalCognitive Processing
Issue numberSupplement 2
Early online date08 Oct 2011
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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