The limits of politeness: therapeutic and courtroom discourse

@inproceedings{Lakoff1989TheLO,
  title={The limits of politeness: therapeutic and courtroom discourse},
  author={Robin Tolmach Lakoff},
  year={1989}
}
Theories and descriptions of politeness have concentrated on its form and function in ordinary dyadic conversation. This is reasonable, since the purpose of politeness is to avoid conflict, and conflict is both most apt to occur, and most dangerous, in that discourse formal. This paper extends the examination of politeness to two discourse types ofwhich conflict is an intrinsic element: psychotherapeutic discourse and the discourse ofthe American trial courtroom. It argues that, in these… CONTINUE READING

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