Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

Journal of Politeness Research

Language, Behaviour, Culture

Ed. by Grainger, Karen

2 Issues per year

IMPACT FACTOR 2017: 1.000
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 1.365

CiteScore 2017: 1.65

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2017: 0.585
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2017: 0.848

See all formats and pricing
More options …

Children’s early awareness of the effect of interpersonal status on politeness

Yupin Chen
Published Online: 2017-02-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2014-0016


This study discusses two Mandarin-speaking children’s linguistic politeness through longitudinally observing their uses of request forms with regard to different interactional situations where their interpersonal status may vary accordingly. It seems that the children demonstrate a systematic correspondence between request forms and directness to adhere to politeness at an early age. Although they apparently prefer to utilize comparatively more direct request forms most of the time, a closer investigation reveals a division of labor: they appear to use simple imperatives when their interpersonal status is either superior or equal to their parents and use declaratives with the lexeme WANT when their interpersonal status is inferior. It is therefore suggested that politeness may be mutually negotiated between interlocutors and that children should get socialized with politeness through interaction with adults or other children within various social or interpersonal relationships.

Keywords: linguistic politeness; request; pragmatic development; child language

About the article

Published Online: 2017-02-02

Published in Print: 2017-02-01

Citation Information: Journal of Politeness Research, Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 121–142, ISSN (Online) 1613-4877, ISSN (Print) 1612-5681, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2014-0016.

Export Citation

©2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin Boston.Get Permission

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in