The Linguistic Politeness Research Group was established in 1998 in order to bring together researchers who were working on the analysis of linguistic politeness and impoliteness.

We felt that there had been a significant change in the way that politeness was analysed and that these theoretical changes made politeness a subject which was of wider interest to linguists as a whole, and had implications for research in many areas of linguistics.

Working in a post-Brown and Levinson model of politeness, we are all attempting to develop new ways of theorising and analysing politeness and impoliteness.

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12th International Conference on (Im)politeness 

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming (Im)politeness conference, hosted by Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK from 17 to 19 July 2019. The theme of this year’s conference is the following:


(Im)politeness has been a topic of extensive research over the past few decades. Consequently, researchers working in the field have over the years proposed, developed and adopted a wide range of theoretical, analytical and methodological approaches to (im)politeness in human interaction. Due to the popularity of (im)politeness as an academic area, it is of utmost importance to encourage further synergies between researchers who do research on this topic with a view to proposing new agendas, directions and avenues for research. This endeavour requires researchers to examine, with a fresh eye, how mainstream approaches to (im)politeness can be brought together with less mainstream uptakes.

Organised under the aegis of the Linguistic Politeness Research Group, and around the theme of “WITHIN AND BEYOND MAINSTREAM APPROACHES TO (IM)POLITENESS”, the  12th International Conference on (Im)politeness will be held at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (17 -19 July 2019), to continue the tradition and success of previous Politeness and Impoliteness symposia.