Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres - Xinren Chen

Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres - Xinren Chen

2. Guest Introductions and Responses at Chinese Dinner Tables

Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres - Xinren Chen

Xueyu Wang [+-]
Nantong University
Xueyu Wang is Associate Professor in School of Foreign Studies at Nantong University, P.R. China. She has published papers in pragmatics and discourse analysis in journals such as Communication & Discourse, Communication & Society, Modern Foreign Languages and Contemporary Linguistics.

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Xueyu Wang explores, within the framework of Leech’s (2014) GSP, how speakers “do” politeness in guest introducing and responding acts at Chinese dinner table. The results show that Chinese dinner table talk is a very complex social interaction involving different participant roles. In most guest introducing and responding acts, both Approbation Maxim and Modesty Maxim are used and realised linguistically with the use of typical address terms, adjectives, verbs, and nouns carrying positive semantic load and some syntactic structures like rhetorical questions and exclamatory sentences. In addition, in both guest introductions and responses at dinner tables, powers, social status, and interpersonal relations among participants are found to influence the use of politeness strategies and language choice.

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Wang, Xueyu . 2. Guest Introductions and Responses at Chinese Dinner Tables. Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 23-45 Oct 2017. ISBN 9781781791769. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26660. Date accessed: 17 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26660. Oct 2017

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