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Chinese Discourse and Interaction

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Although Chinese is one of the most thoroughly studied languages in pragmatics, and has a pivotal role in intercultural communication studies because of the increasing cultural and economic interaction between China and other countries, no large-scale study has been devoted to this topic. This groundbreaking volume fills this 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. It introduces the different layers of Chinese discourse and interaction, and makes a valuable contribution not only to Chinese studies but also to other fields such as intercultural and discourse studies.

The contributors to this volume include renowned experts within the field. They present their arguments in an accessible style, making this book useful to both experts of Chinese and discourse studies, as well as advanced students with an interest in communication and society.

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Book Contributors

Section Chapter Authors
Introduction Yuling Pan, Dániel Z. Kádár
Part I
2. Epistemic stance in Mandarin conversation: The positions and functions of wo juede (I feel/think) Tomoko Endo
3. Self-repair in Mandarin and Cantonese: Delaying the next item due in casual conversation and news interviews Wei Zhang, Angela Chan
4. “Do I really have to?” The give-and-take of deontic meaning in Chinese Agnes He
5. English ‘then’ in colloquial Singapore Mandarin Cher Lee
Part II
6. Approaching Chinese power in situated discourse: From experience to modelling Yueguo Gu
7. ‘Face’ in Taiwanese business interactions: From emic concepts to emic practices Wei-Lin Chang, Michael Haugh
8. What are Chinese respondents responding to? A close examination of question-answer sequences in survey interviews Yuling Pan
9. Discourse analysis of Chinese speakers’ indirect and contraryto- face-value responses to survey interview questions Anna Chan
10. Customer–employee interaction from a diachronic perspective Hao Sun
11. Chinese prenatal genetic counselling discourse in Hong Kong: Healthcare providers’ (non)directive stance, or who is making the decision? Virginia Yelei, Stephanie Schnurr, Olga Zayts
12. The pragmatics of Q&A interactions: Public discourses in Hong Kong Winnie Cheng
13. On the positive formation of Chinese group identity Daniel Z. Kádár
14. ‘Polysemous’ politeness: Speaker self-referring forms in Honglou Meng Xinren Chen
15. Epilogue: What makes Chinese unique in discourse and interaction? Kenneth Kong
End Matter
Author Index Yuling Pan
Subject Index Yuling Pan

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