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Journal of Politeness Research

Language, Behaviour, Culture

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Congratulations in Latin Comedy: Types and functions

Luis Unceta Gómez
Published Online: 2016-06-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2016-0005


This paper contributes to the study of linguistic politeness in the Latin language, through the analysis of the speech act of congratulation. Taking the comedies of Plautus (ca. 254–184 B.C.) and Terence (ca. 185–159 B.C.) as the corpus, the present study analyses both the possibilities that the speaker has at his/her disposal to express this communicative intention, and the interferences that are produced with other speech acts that are conceptualised in a similar way in the corpus. The article also discusses some of the sociolinguistic distribution tendencies at play.

Keywords: Politeness; Congratulations; Sociolinguistics; Latin Comedy

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Published Online: 2016-06-15

Published in Print: 2016-07-01

Citation Information: Journal of Politeness Research, Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 267–290, ISSN (Online) 1613-4877, ISSN (Print) 1612-5681, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2016-0005.

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