Chinese Discourse and Interaction: Theory and Practice

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The aim of this volume is to fill a knowledge-gap in pragmatic and discourse studies through high-quality research focusing on the theory and practice of Chinese discourse and, in a wider sense, interaction analysis. In spite of the fact that Chinese is one of the most thoroughly studied languages in pragmatics, and that it has a pivotal role in intercultural communication studies due to the increasing cultural and economic interaction between China and other countries, no large-scale study has been devoted to ...

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Overview

The aim of this volume is to fill a knowledge-gap in pragmatic and discourse studies through high-quality research focusing on the theory and practice of Chinese discourse and, in a wider sense, interaction analysis. In spite of the fact that Chinese is one of the most thoroughly studied languages in pragmatics, and that it has a pivotal role in intercultural communication studies due to the increasing cultural and economic interaction between China and other countries, no large-scale study has been devoted to this topic until now. The international team of contributors to this book include the most renowned experts within the field who present their arguments in a reader-friendly manner, which makes the present work accessible to both experts of Chinese and discourse studies, as well as advanced students with an interest in communication and society, for example, those in departments of communication or business.

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"With empirical studies employing diverse methods, analytic frameworks and data sources, this edited volume successfully fills a knowledge gap in Chinese discourse studies. This volume is recommended for students and scholars working on Chinese discourse analysis, intercultural pragmatics and intercultural studies." — Jixiam Pang and Fang Chen, School of International Studies, Zhejiang University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845536329
  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Yuling Pan is a Sociolinguist at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she directs multilingual projects for survey research. She has conducted extensive research on Chinese politeness, intercultural communication, professional communication, and discourse analysis. Her current research interests extend to cross-cultural communication norms and survey interviews, politeness and institutional discourse, survey translation and interpretation. Her publications include Politeness in Chinese Face-to-Face Interaction (Ablex, 2000), Professional Communication in International Settings (co-authored with Suzanne Scollon, and Ron Scollon. Blackwell, 2002), Politeness in Historical and Contemporary Chinese Communication - A Comparative Analysis (co-authored with Daniel Z. Kadar, Continuum, in preparation), Cantonese-English Dictionary (ed.) (Dunwoody Press, forthcoming). Daniel Z. Kadar is a Research Fellow at the Department of Oriental Studies of the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has conducted extensive research on historical Chinese politeness, politeness research, historical pragmatics, Chinese letter writing and Critical Discourse Analysis. He currently studies the driving force behind the collapse of historical Chinese politeness during the 19th and early 20th centuries. His publications include Terms of (Im)politeness (ELTE University Press), Historical Chinese Letter Writing (Continuum, in press), and Politeness in Historical and Contemporary Chinese Communication - A Comparative Analysis (co-authored with Yuling Pan, Continuum, in preparation).
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Yuling Pan and Daniel Z. Kadar

Part I: Conversation Analytic and Linguistic Approaches to Chinese Discourse
Chapter 2: Epistemic Stance in Mandarin Conversation: The Positions and Functions of Wo juede "I think"
Tomoko Endo, Kyoto University

Chapter 3: Self-repair in Mandarin and Cantonese: Delaying the Next Item Due in Casual Conversation and News Interviews
Wei Zhang and Angela Chan, both at City University of Hong Kong

Chapter 4: "Do I really have to?" The Give-and-take of Deonitic Meaning in Chinese
Agnes Weiyun He, SUNY-Stony Brook University

Chapter 5: English THEN in Colloquial Singapore Mandarin
Cher Leng Lee, National University of Singapore

Part II: Discourse Analytic and Social Approaches to Chinese Discourse
Chapter 6: Approaching Chinese Power in Situated Discourse
Yueguo Gu, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Chapter 7: Face in Taiwanese Business Interactions: From Emic Concepts to Emic Practices
Wei-Lin Melody Chang and Michael Haugh, both at Griffith University, Brisbane

Chapter 8: What Are Chinese Respondents Responding to? A Close Examination of Question- answer Sequences in Survey Interviews
Yuling Pan

Chapter 9: Analysis of Chinese Speakers' Indirect and Contrary-to-face Value Responses to Survey Interview Questions
Anna Y. Chan, City University of Hong Kong

Chapter 10: Customer-employee Interaction from a Diachronic Perspective
Hao Sun, Indiana-Purdue University

Chapter 11: Who is Making the Decision? Chinese PrenatalCounselling Discourse in Hong Kong
Olga Zayts, University of Hong Kong, Virginia Wake Yelei, independent researcher, and Stephanie Schnurr, University of Warwick

Chapter 12: The Pragmatics of Q&A Interaction: Public Discourse in Hong Kong
Winnie Cheng, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Chapter 13: On the Positive Formation of Chinese Group Identity (8,000 words)
Daniel Z. Kadar

Chapter 14: "Polysemous" Politeness: Speaker Self-referring Forms in Honglou Meng
Chen Xinren, Nanjing University

Chapter 15: Epilogue: What makes Chinese unique in discourse and interaction?
Kenneth Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University

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