Notes on politeness and impoliteness in Cervantes and Borges

  • María Sagrario del Río Zamudio University of Udine
Keywords: pragmatics, politeness, impoliteness, argumentation, analysis

Abstract

The main objective of this article is to outline an analysis of verbal politeness and impoliteness based on selected passages of El Quijote and Borges’ story Pierre Ménard, autor del Quijote. Through the lens of these texts, we were able to examine some of the different theories that have emerged on this topic, and, in particular, certain politeness strategies. In our discussion we consider both the rhetorical perspective (which encompasses strategies for creating persuasive discourse), and the logical perspective, basing our arguments on specific examples in the texts. The results of this analysis lead to the conclusion that verbal politeness offers a frame of reference which enables a better under­standing of the texts in question, opening up new perspectives not considered by traditional literary theory. Further, we observed that not everything that initially appeared impolite, and even offensive, actually was impolite, and vice versa.

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Author Biography

María Sagrario del Río Zamudio, University of Udine

Es investigadora habilitada de Lengua y Traducción española en la Universidad de Udine. Su actividad investigadora se orienta hacia la didáctica de las lenguas, la pragmalingüística, los lenguajes específicos, la teoría y práctica de la traducción literaria y especializada en ámbito ítalo-español y la variante argentina de la lengua española. Ha publicado varios artículos en revistas y volúmenes nacionales e internacionales, así como en actas de congresos. Ha traducido al italiano Realidad de Benito Pérez Galdós (2009) y en la actualidad está preparando una monografía con diversos artículos inéditos y ya publicados sobre dicho autor.

Published
2017-12-08
How to Cite
Sagrario del Río Zamudio, M. (2017). Notes on politeness and impoliteness in Cervantes and Borges. Verba Hispanica, 25(1), 103-116. https://doi.org/10.4312/vh.25.1.103-116
Section
Linguistics