This book attempts to bring in the perspective of situational variation in analyzing linguistic politeness, and looks at politeness in the larger framework of social context. It outlines the way into the problem of politeness in Chinese culture and the steps taken in the application of politeness strategies in verbal interaction.
About the Author
YULING PAN is Managing Director of the Asian Sociocultural Research Projects in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University./e
Table of Contents
Introduction: How Polite are the Chinese?
Do I Know You?
Inside and Outside Relationship in Politeness Behavior
You are my Friend
Building of Connection in a Business Setting
Who is the Boss?
Hierarchical Structure in an Official Setting
You don't know what you want
Conflicting Factors in a Family Setting
What really is Chinese Politeness?
A Situation-Based Approach to Politeness