Euphemism and the Violation of the Cooperative Principle

Yilun Yang


It is clear that euphemism is a form of language intentionally created in different language communities and diverse social levels. Speakers can remove direct speech to weaken the negative association and uncomfortable feelings provoked by the euphemized object. However, in linguistic communication, euphemism is opposite to the cooperation principle, though it is closely relevant to politeness. 

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