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Politeness/Courtesy Expressions
(1,239 words)


Politeness forms consist of linguistic strategies by means of which a speaker avoids potentially aggressive or directive requests in order to save his ‘face’ or his social reputation. As a part of pragmatics, these strategies concern the appropriateness of language use and imply colloquial interaction as well as sociolinguistic variants depending on both registers and the social and/or cultural background of the interlocutors.  This entry explores such strategies of politeness used in Ancient Greek.

Politeness forms consist o…

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Paolo Poccetti, “Politeness/Courtesy Expressions”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000514>
First published online: 2013

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