The Epistemic Costs of Politeness

Sanford C Goldberg, Guiming Yang

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Politeness in conversation has epistemic costs, in that it saps conversational silence of its capacity to signal assent. Whether these costs are outweighed by the obvious social benefits of politeness is not a question we pursue here.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-23
Number of pages5
Issue number46
StatePublished - 2017

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