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Intercultural Pragmatics

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Volume 7, Issue 4


Impoliteness in Germany: Intercultural encounters in everyday and institutional talk

Juliane House
Published Online: 2010-11-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/iprg.2010.026


In this paper, I first look at how the notions of “politeness” and “impoliteness” have been discussed in the literature including my own ideas of relating universal levels of impoliteness to culture and language-specific levels. Given this framework and my earlier postulation of a set of dimensions along which German speakers were found to prefer expressions that are more direct than indirect, more explicit than implicit, and generally more content-oriented than addressee-oriented, I provide several examples of German speakers interacting with members of other cultures in everyday talk and academic advising sessions. In interpreting the results of the analyses of these interactions, I attempt to relate them to the concept of impoliteness, to German speakers' communicative preferences and to the distinction between an emic and an etic perspective.

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Published Online: 2010-11-04

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Citation Information: Intercultural Pragmatics, Volume 7, Issue 4, Pages 561–595, ISSN (Online) 1613-365X, ISSN (Print) 1612-295X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/iprg.2010.026.

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