Sociolinguistics

Politeness is not just please and thank you

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English Teaching Professional 2010, issue 70
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'Say please!', children are often told, after saying something like 'Give me a biscuit'. If they ask why, they may receive the explanation, 'Because it's polite'. We English teachers sometimes do the same.

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