8. Rapport Orientations of Women Guests when Making Refusals and Obligations of the Host on Chinese Reality TV Dating Shows
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Tzu-Wei Hsiang [+]
National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
Tzu-Wei Hsiang is a doctoral student in the Institute of Linguistics at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. She has contributed a book chapter on “Top secret: hacking and fraud detection in business emails of a Taiwanese company” in Yuan-shan Chen et al. (Eds.) (2016), Email discourse among Chinese using English as a lingua franca.
Victoria Rau [+]
National Chung Cheng University
Victoria Rau is Professor in the Institute of Linguistics at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. She has published papers in sociolinguistic variation in journals such as Language Learning, Language and Linguistics, and Oceanic Linguistics. She has also co-authored Yami: Texts, Reference Grammar, and Dictionary, published by Academia Sinica, and co-edited Documenting and Revitalizing Austronesian Languages, published by the Journal of Language Documentation and Conservation, University of Hawaii.
Tzu-Wei Hsiang and Victoria Rau explore the strategies of refusals used by Chinese women on TV dating shows in Taiwan and Mainland China. Using an interactive sociolinguistic approach to discourse analysis, the authors analyse the females’ refusal strategies with a focus on two Chinese versions of the dating show “Take Me Out”, showing that in the context of TV dating shows, women in Taiwan and those in Mainland China employ drastically different strategies, revealing different interpersonal attentiveness and face systems.