Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres - Xinren Chen

Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres - Xinren Chen

3. Hosts' Introductions and Visiting Professors' Responses in Lecture Openings

Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres - Xinren Chen

Xinren Chen [+-]
Nanjing University
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Xinren Chen is Professor of English and Linguistics in the School of Foreign Studies at Nanjing University, China and is co-founder and editor of East Asian Pragmatics. He has published papers in pragmatics and foreign language teaching in journals such as Journal of Pragmatics, Pragmatics and Society, Journal of Historical Pragmatics, English for Academic Purposes, Acta Linguistica, Foreign Language Teaching and Research, Modern Foreign Languages, and Contemporary Linguistics. The major monographs he authors or co-authors include Contemporary Pragmatics, English Grammar in Use, The Pragmatics of Overinformativeness in Conversation, Critical Pragmatic Studies on Chinese Public Discourse, Politeness across Chinese Genres, Pragmatic Identity: How to Do Things with Words of Identity, and Pragmatics and Foreign Language Teaching.


Xinren Chen directs attention to the introductory part of the lecture activity in Chinese universities and demonstrates how the host and visiting professor’ interaction at this phase serves as a site of interpersonal work such that they attach an additional interpersonal meaning to the basically academic activity. His study shows that the hosts are profuse in the use of approbation strategy, directed to different aspects of the visiting professors, including their popularity and fame, prolificacy and achievement, expertise and authority, contribution, conduct, lecture value, and sometimes a combination of several aforesaid aspects; in reaction to the hosts’ complimentary introductions, the visiting professors demonstrate a variety of responses, including acknowledgment, approbation downgrading, approbation denial, phatic communion, and compliment return, sometimes in singular ways and sometimes in combined ways.

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Chen, Xinren. 3. Hosts' Introductions and Visiting Professors' Responses in Lecture Openings. Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 47-70 Oct 2017. ISBN 9781781791769. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26662. Date accessed: 10 Dec 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26662. Oct 2017

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