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Traditionally, impoliteness is associated with inappropriateness, unfavourableness,
unsupportiveness, non-abidance by social rules, non-politicness,
lack of cultural scripts or lack of FTA-redress (Eelen 2001; Jakubowska
1999). In the observed group of teenagers, impolite behaviour cannot be
defined by means of all these terms. FTAs performed bald on record without
redress, positive impoliteness and sarcasm the teenagers use are definitely
unfavourable and unsupportive, but they are considered appropriate
and politic by members of the group. The observed individuals interacting
with their peers abode by interactional norms specific for their group/culture
and used their specific cultural scripts.
“Politeness is a social judgement” (Spencer-Oatey 2000: 3), and people
are judged to be polite or impolite, depending on what that say, to whom,
and in what context. Norms and patterns of polite behaviour differ across
cultures, across different social groups, or even age groups. That is why what is considered impolite behaviour in interaction between adults can be appropriate
in interaction between teenagers.