Talking to God: Conceptualizing an alternative politeness approach for the human/divine relationship

Ridealgh, Kim (2021) Talking to God: Conceptualizing an alternative politeness approach for the human/divine relationship. Journal of Politeness Research, 17 (1). pp. 61-78. ISSN 1612-5681

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Abstract

The human/divine relationship is a dynamic that does not easily fit into existing politeness research frameworks and approaches. This paper will look to explore this relationship further, within the ancient Egyptian Late Ramesside Letters (c. 1099-1069 BCE), in order to explore the limitations of facework and ritual in fully exploring the phenomenon, and offer an alternative approach-the 'community-embedded' model-which expands on principles from both facework and ritual, as well as collective prayer. The use here of the 'community-embedded' approach allows for the analysis of the impact of utterances to and involving God (the divine entity who assumes this role in the communicative interaction) within wider social networks, and how this supports simultaneous relationship maintenance between humans, God, and larger networks specific to the culture under review.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Early title: Talking to God: Facework, Social Rituals, and the Late Ramesside Letters
Uncontrolled Keywords: god relationship,late ramesside letters,facework,religious ritual,social ritual,social psychology,cultural studies,language and linguistics,communication,linguistics and language ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3207
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2020 01:01
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2021 01:56
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/77434
DOI: 10.1515/pr-2020-0027

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