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.

Call for Papers

10th Year Anniversary Issue of the Journal of Politeness Research. Submission deadline for abstracts: 01 August 2014. Full details.


9th International Conference on Im/Politeness
1-3 July 2015 
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

The third Postgraduate Politeness conference will be held around Easter 2015 and will be hosted by the University of York St John, and organised by Andrew Merrison.

Radio Appearance

Listen to Dr Karen Grainger (Sheffield Hallam University) discussing manners on the BBC World Service programme 'The Why Factor'.

LPRG meetings

Audio files

Sheffield Hallam University York St John University Lancaster University
Loughborough University University of Leeds University of Huddersfield