Metapragmatics of Attentiveness - A Study in Interpresonal and Cross-cultural Pragmatics - Saeko Fukushima

Dániel Z. Kádár [+-]
Dalian University of Foreign Studies, China / Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Daniel Z. Kadar (D.Litt, FHEA, PhD) is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Pragmatics Research at Dalian University of Foreign Studies. He is also Research Professor of Pragmatics and Head of Research Centre at the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has been author and editor of more than 20 books, published by academic publishers of world-leading standing such as Equinox, Cambridge, Palgrave and Bloomsbury. He has also published a large number of studies in high impact journals such as Journal of Politeness Research and Journal of Pragmatics. His most recent works include Politeness, Impoliteness and Ritual: Maintaining the Moral Order in Interpersonal Interaction (Cambridge, 2017), The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic Politeness (edited with Jonathan Culpeper andMichael Haugh, Palgrave, 2017), and Understanding Politeness (with Michael Haugh, Cambridge, 2013). He is Editor (with Xinren Chen) of Equinox’s East Asian Pragmatics journal.


This book examines attentiveness, which is briefly defined as a demonstrator’s pre-emptive responses to a recipient’s verbal or non-verbal cues or situations surrounding a recipient and a demonstrator, which takes the form of offering. It elucidates what attentiveness is, and addresses the importance of attentiveness in im/politeness research. It also suggests the importance of taking an interdisciplinary perspective in im/politeness research, the importance of non-linguistically manifested politeness and the heart perspective. Evaluation by a recipient of attentiveness is considered since recent research suggests that im/politeness resides in evaluation. Thus, both demonstration and evaluation of attentiveness are investigated in the book. Attentiveness may be demonstrated or evaluated differently within different cultures. Generation can be considered as one of the sub-groups of culture. Therefore, cross-cultural and cross-generational comparisons on demonstration and evaluation of attentiveness are included. Although some differences in demonstration or evaluation of attentiveness are found cross-culturally, similarities outweigh differences. This suggests that attentiveness, which is thought to be a virtue in Japanese culture, is not unique to Japanese culture, and that attentiveness is an important interpersonal notion elsewhere, too. It is also shown that attentiveness is one of the constituents of politeness, which indicates that attentiveness is closely related to politeness.

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Kádár, Dániel. Foreword. Metapragmatics of Attentiveness - A Study in Interpresonal and Cross-cultural Pragmatics. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2020. ISBN 9781781797242. Date accessed: 19 Jan 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37447. Mar 2020

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