|DON'T BE IMPOLITE|

A PRESENTATION BY HANNAH S, SHENAN D , AND ANNA D

HOW THE CODE MANIFESTS IN CULTURE

  • Many languages have specific means to show politeness, deference, respect, or a recognition of the social status of the speaker and the hearer.

  • There are two main ways in which a given language shows politeness:

  1. in its lexicon , and in its

  2. morphology

  • The T-V distinction is a common example in Western languages.

OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL RULES

OFFICIAL RULES

  • Say hello to people
  • Take time to make some small talk
  • Try to remember things about the other person and comment appropriately
  • Always use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’
  • Praise and/or congratulate others on their achievements

UNOFFICIAL RULES

  • Don’t stand in a crowd on sidewalk, in front of an escalator, or in front of a doorway.
  • Don’t @-reply the person you’re saying things about.
  • If you are walking beside your friend in the hallway, at least pretend to move out of the way for the person coming toward you.
  • In a coffee shop, do not sit at a four-person table if you are by yourself.

HISTORY OF POLITENESS & ITS RELEVANCE TODAY

HISTORY

  • Started during the Enlightenment era
  • Upwardly mobile middle class tried to be more like the elite by showing polite characteristics
  • Rules of etiquette, such as when to show emotion, the art of elegant dress and graceful conversation and how to act courteously


RELEVANCE TODAY

  • Politeness carries the same relevance as it did during the enlightenment era.
  • Different forms of politeness have been added in order to keep up with the always changing society
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MEDIA EXAMPLE

Don't Be Impolite