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.
This year's LPRG-sponsored international conference on politeness will take place 9-11 July 2014 at the University of Huddersfield. Full details.
Listen to Dr Karen Grainger (Sheffield Hallam University) discussing manners on the BBC World Service programme 'The Why Factor'.