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Journal of Politeness Research

Language, Behaviour, Culture

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Reply articles: Where impoliteness and judgment coincide

Mohadese Khosravi
  • Department of Foreign Languages, Kharazmi University of Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
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/ Esmat Babaii
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  • Department of Foreign Languages, Kharazmi University of Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Published Online: 2017-02-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2015-0020


This study analyses reply articles published in academic journals in the field of applied linguistics as an instance of academic conflict with regard to the realization of impoliteness. The study further explores the judgment resources of Appraisal Theory leading to impoliteness in this genre. Taking the theoretical model of impoliteness (Bousfield 2008a), both on-record and off-record impolite behaviors were coded in a corpus of 58 reply articles published in academic journals. Then, drawing on Appraisal Theory and the subcategories of judgment resources (Martin and Rose 2003), which include capacity, veracity, propriety, normality and tenacity, the coded impolite behaviors were analyzed. The results of the analysis pointed to a high frequency of on-record impoliteness to which comments on the commentators’ capacity contributed most. The findings of the current study expand the currently available literature on (im)politeness and Appraisal Theory and moreover, make academic courses instructors, novice and professional members of the applied linguistics discourse community cognizant of the potential (im)polite implications of their contributions to the discourse community in order to have pragmatically appropriate choices (Ishiara 2006).

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Keywords: appraisal theory; capacity; impoliteness; judgment resources; propriety; reply articles; tenacity; veracity; normality

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Published Online: 2017-02-02

Published in Print: 2017-02-01

Citation Information: Journal of Politeness Research, ISSN (Online) 1613-4877, ISSN (Print) 1612-5681, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2015-0020. Export Citation

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