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Politeness And Face in Caribbean Creoles

 
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Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creoles is the first collection to focus on socio-pragmatic issues in the Caribbean context, including the socio-cultural rules and principles underlying strategic language use. While the Caribbean has long been recognized as a rich and interesting site where cultural continuities meet with new "creolized" or innovative practices, questions of politeness practices, constructions of personhood, or the notion of face have so far been neglected in linguistic research on Caribbean Creoles. Drawing on linguistic politeness theory and Goffman's concept of face, eleven mostly fieldwork-based innovative contributions critically examine a range of topics, such as ritual insults, strategic use of "bad language", kiss-teeth, the performance of homophobic threats, greetings, address forms, advice-giving, socialization and discourse, parent-child discourse, register choice and communicative repertoire in the Caribbean context.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
vii
Politeness and face in Caribbean Creoles: An overview
BettinaMiggeandSusanneMhleisen
1–19
Part I: Performing rudeness and face maintenance
The use of “bad” language as a politeness strategy in a Panamanian Creole village
PeterSnow
23–43
Ritualized insults and the African diaspora: Sounding in African American Vernacular English and Wording in Nigerian Pidgin
NicholasFaraclas, LourdesPrezGonzlez, MigdaliaMedinaandWendellVillanuevaReyes
45–72
Rude sounds: Kiss Teeth and negotiation of the public sphere
EstherFigueroa
73–99
Faiya-bon: The socio-pragmatics of homophobia in Jamaican (Dancehall) culture
JosephT.Farquharson
101–118
Part II: Face attention and the public and private self
Greeting and social change
BettinaMigge
121–144
Advice in an Indo-Guyanese village and the interactional organization of uncertainty
JackSidnell
145–168
Meaningful routines: Meaning-making and the face-value of Barbadian greetings
JaninaFenigsen
169–194
Forms of address in English-lexicon Creoles: The presentation of selves and others in the Caribbean context
SusanneMhleisen
195–223
Part III: Socialization and face development
‘May I have the bilna?’: The development of face-saving in young Trinidadian children
ValerieYoussef
227–254
Learning respect in Guadeloupe: Greetings and politeness rituals
Alex-LouiseTessonneau
255–282
Notes on contributors
283–285
Index
287–293




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Tags: Caribbean, Creoles, practices, Politeness, innovative