Panel 6. (Im)politeness and intersubjectivity (ENG)
Organizers: Renate Pajusalu (University of Tartu), email@example.com; Miina Norvik (University of Tartu), firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop aims to bring together researchers from various research fields to discuss how politeness and impoliteness are
connected to the notion of intersubjectivity, which we understand as people’s mutual awareness of each other’s knowledge and attitudes.
Interactional (im)politeness practices caught increased attention in the wake of Brown and Levinson's (1987) seminal work on politeness
theory. Since then, theoretical approaches to (im)politeness have developed in different directions (e.g. Watts 2003, Mills 2003,
Culpeper 2011, Haugh & Kadar 2017). The important assumption in all these directions is that a person cannot be polite or impolite
alone, there is always the other one to whom a person is polite or impolite. This means that (im)politeness is an inherently
intersubjective phenomenon. However, the ways of taking into account another person vary across languages, situations and cultures.