8. Rapport Orientations of Women Guests when Making Refusals and Obligations of the Host on Chinese Reality TV Dating Shows
Tzu-Wei Hsiang [+]
National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
Victoria Rau [+]
National Chung Cheng University
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.