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    Politeness theory

    Hiya,
    I was wondering if anyone knows who actually came up with the politeness theory and the idea of Face Threatening Act's. Was it Brown&Levinson or Goffman? Or both?! If both, who was the first to propose the idea?

    Thanks in advance!

    Suzie

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    Re: Politeness theory

    Politeness theory was formulated in 1978 by Penelope Brown and Stephen Levinson. I don't know who was the firs to propose the idea.

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    Re: Politeness theory

    Thanks :) I discovered that they developed the idea from Goffman's definition of face. So Brown&Levinson came up with the actual theory but from a concept adapted from Goffmans idea of face :)

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    Re: Politeness theory

    Geoffrey Leech suggests that their ideas are 'at variance' with Goffman and that it is 'claimed' that he is the source rather than being it:
    http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/doc_...politeness.pdf
    (You'll find that at the foot of page 2)

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    Re: Politeness theory

    Thankyou very much for the link to that. It is both useful and interesting. Thankyou again for your help :)

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