This volume includes 14 papers investigating politeness phenomena in Greece and Turkey, the cultural cross-roads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It reflects current research and provides observations of and findings in patterns of linguistic politeness in a geographical area other than the much studied English speaking ones. The book appeals to professionals and students interested in a broader perspective of language use in its social context. Articles in the collection are empirically rather than theoretically oriented and examine realisations of politeness in relation to social parameters. The chapters have been arranged in pairs (Greek/Turkish), treating the following related issues: firstly a more general ethnographic picture of the two societies, the variables of power/status in classroom and other interaction, solidarity in advice-giving and the use of approbatory expressions, service encounters and the differential use of language by males and females, the use of interruptions in television talk, and finally compliments.
1. Preface (by Ide, Sachiko); 2. Introduction (by Bayraktaroglu, Arin); 3. Freedom, solidarity and obligation: The socio-cultural context of Greek politeness (by Hirschon, Renee); 4. Politeness in Turkish and its linguistic manifestations: A socio-cultural perspective (by Zeyrek, Deniz); 5. Linguistics of power and politeness in Turkish: Revelations from speech acts (by Dogancay-Aktuna, Seran); 6. Politeness in the classroom?: Evidence from a Greek high school (by Pavlidou, Theodossia-Soula); 7. Congratulations and bravo! (by Makri-Tsilipakou, Marianthi); 8. Advice-giving in Turkish: "Superiority" or "solidarity"? (by Bayraktaroglu, Arin); 9. The use of pronouns and terms of address in Turkish service encounters (by Bayyurt, Yasemin); 10. Brief service encounters: Gender and politeness (by Antonopoulou, Eleni); 11. "What you 're saying sounds very nice and I 'm delighted to hear it": Some considerations on the functions of presenter-initiated simultaneous speech in Greek panel discussions (by Tzanne, Angeliki); 12. Analysis of the use of politeness maxims in interruptions in Turkish political debates (by Yemenici, Alev); 13. Relevance theory and compliments as phatic communication: The case of Turkish (by Ruhi, Sukriye); 14. "Oh!How appropriate!" Compliments and politeness (by Sifianou, Maria)