Selected Reviews on the Implementation of Multilingualism as a Social Practice Politeness’s Non-Verbal Strategies

Abdalhadi Nimer Abdalqader Abu Jweid


This paper attempts to review some selected studies on multilingualism and politeness. It will be mainly a review of how multilingualism and politeness work together in revealing implicative nuances in various linguistic discourses. For this reason, the review will be divided into two inextricable parts. First, the use of multilingualism and an incarnation of social practice. That it serves as a way of facilitating the social interactions among people who speak different languages. Therefore, multilingualism will be reviewed and a social interactive communicative link among speakers of these languages. Second, it will highlight linguistic politeness as a non-verbal strategy. In this regard, the primary focus will be on the way by which politeness is used to ameliorate the abstract relationships among speakers. In this sense, politeness, as a non-verbal strategy, will be unraveled as a pragmatic practice pursued by interlocutors who use polite gestures to make their communicative interactive more meaningful and effective. Ultimately, these reviews will be supported by my synthesis of their arguments through accentuating my evaluation of their linguistic significance.


Multilingualism; Non-verbal strategies; Politeness; Social practice

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