IJLLL 2015 Vol.1(4): 267-274 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2015.1.4.51

A Survey of Studies on Sociopragmatic Use of Linguistic Politeness with Special Focus on Hindi and Japanese

N. Kumari
Abstract—The present study discusses the theories, methods and results of the available literature in the area of linguistic politeness involving i) the use of indirectness and honorifics as politeness strategies, ii) the notion of ‘face’ as a social image, other social factors and social structure that affect the use of and variation in linguistic forms, and iii) the historical reasons for the emergence of stereotypes in the use of linguistic politeness in a society. The first section discusses the studies based on data from a single language. The second section focus on the studies on Hindi and on Japanese, respectively. The third section describes the work done in cross-cultural studies in politeness. The fourth section describes the research gap that emerges from the discussions in the available literature.

Index Terms—Hindi, Japanese, politeness, sociopragmatics.

N. Kumari is with the University of Tsukuba, Japan (e-mail: rosynivi4@gmail.com).

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Cite:N. Kumari, "A Survey of Studies on Sociopragmatic Use of Linguistic Politeness with Special Focus on Hindi and Japanese," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 267-274, 2015.

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