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Talk: Discourse Politeness Theory and Language Education Studies
Date: 30 April 2010 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures has the pleasure of inviting you to the following talk: 

Discourse Politeness Theory and Language Education Studies

Professor Mayumi Usami
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Date: April 30 (Friday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: KKLG104, K.K. Leung Building, HKU
Language: Japanese

In her talk, Professor Usami will briefly review two different approaches to politeness studies - one based on strategic and the other on normative language use. She will then discuss the latest findings in her work to develop a universal “Discourse Politeness Theory” that incorporates both these approaches and provides researchers with a framework within which to contrast politeness behavior in languages with and without honorifics.

About the speaker:
Professor Usami holds an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology, Acquisition of Language and Culture from Harvard University. She is currently Professor of Social Psychology of Language and Teaching of Japanese as a Second Language at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. She has published widely in the areas of Discourse Politeness Theory, the social psychological approach to conversation analysis, language and gender, pragmatics and intercultural communication.  

All are welcome. 

For enquiries, please contact Dr. Miho Yorozu via email at

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