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Relevance theory and politeness
Citation Information: Journal of Politeness Research. Language, Behaviour, Culture. Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 269–294, ISSN (Online) 1613-4877, ISSN (Print) 1612-5681, DOI: 10.1515/PR.2007.012, July 2007
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The aim of this paper is to open up for debate the question of whether Sperber and Wilson's (1995 ) relevance theory can usefully inform politeness research. It is therefore designed to indicate some of the methodological implications for the study of politeness that would arise from an adoption of a relevance-theoretical framework. I begin by outlining some arguments posited by politeness theorists who have applied relevance theory and then provide a brief account of some of the key differences between the Gricean framework that informs Brown and Levinson's (1987 ) theory of politeness and the account of utterance interpretation offered by relevance theory. I conclude by suggesting some of the differences in focus that would result from the analysis of politeness from a relevance-theoretical perspective.