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Authors/Editors: Sifianou, Maria
Title: Politeness phenomena in England and Greece. A Cross-Cultural Perspective.
Year: 1992
Publisher: Oxford: Clarendon Press
Pages: xi + 254
ISBN: 0-19-823972-6
Publication type: Book — monograph
Language: English
Keyword(s): crosscultural communication ; politeness ; request
Subject — language(s): English; Greek, Modern
Annotation: The application of Brown and Levinson's politeness theory to contrastive analyses of English and Greek politeness phenomena, shows a Greek orientation toward more 'positive' politeness. The extent to which politeness can be considered a universal concept is also dealt with as does politeness as a potential source of intercultural miscommunication. Although manifestations of politeness can be culture-bound, S. argues that no nation can be assessed as more or less polite.


  1. Kakavá, Christina (1997) “Review article: Politeness and the Particularities of Requests.” International Journal of the Sociology of Language 126. pp. 181-198.
  2. Preisler, Bent & Hartmut Haberland (1994) “<Review of M. Sifianou (1992: ´Politeness phenomena in England and Greece: A cross-cultural perspective´).>” Journal of Pragmatics 22:2. pp. 227-232.