5. Identity Construction in Responses to Radio-mediated Call-in Complaints
Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres - Xinren Chen
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Wei Ren is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the National Key Research Centre for Linguistics & Applied Linguistics at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China. His research interests include L2 Pragmatics, Cross-Cultural Pragmatics, and Pragmatics in online communication and in English as a Lingua Franca Communication. His recent publications include a monograph L2 Pragmatic Development in Study Abroad Contexts and articles in Applied Linguistics, Discourse, Context & Media, ELT Journal, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Pragmatics, and System.
Wei Ren investigates the linguistic strategies employed by the host in a radio-mediated call-in programme in China as a means of identity construction. His study reveals five partly overlapping local identity categories: caring helper, responsible helper, authoritative host, media propagandist, and public authority, which influence the host’s choices of linguistic strategies, including (im)politeness based on the argument that the use of (im)politeness is a linguistic index for the host’s identity construction.