Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres - Xinren Chen

Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres - Xinren Chen

10. Politeness and Disagreement in Hong Kong Internet Discussion Forums

Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres - Xinren Chen

Cynthia Lee [+-]
University of Hong Kong
Cynthia Lee is Associate Professor in the Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES) at the University of Hong Kong, China. She has published papers in interlanguage and intercultural pragmatics in journals such as Journal of Pragmatics, Pragmatics, Multilingua and Intercultural Pragmatics. She is also interested in second (L2) language learning in the academic context and her work has appeared in journals such as Language and Education, System, Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Winnie Shum [+-]
University of Hong Kong
Winnie Shum is Senior Research Assistant in the Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES) at the University of Hong Kong. She has a Master’s degree in Language Studies. She is interested in intercultural/interpersonal communication, pragmatics, discourse analysis and (im)politeness. Winnie has worked for several large-scale research projects which are related to English language diagnostic assessment and e-learning for Vocational English communication in Hong Kong.

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Cynthia Lee and Winnie Shum manifest how in Internet discussion forums, the Cantonese interlocutors present opposite views when they disagree. Their study indicates that the interlocutors adhere to their traditional values to do justice and make moral judgement, and shows that the interlocutors employ these as tactics for implicit disagreement and empowerment, leaving the implied meaning to the others. They argue that such implicit disagreement is particularly enacted with the aim of preserving others’ face and avoids hurting the positive face directly (Brown and Levinson 1987), a speaking practice that is largely in line with Chinese interpersonal communication practice, politeness and face work (Gao 1998; Gao and Ting-Toomey 1998; Kádár and Pan 2011; Pan 2000;).

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Lee, Cynthia; Shum, Winnie. 10. Politeness and Disagreement in Hong Kong Internet Discussion Forums. Politeness Phenomena across Chinese Genres. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 211-225 Oct 2017. ISBN 9781781791769. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26668. Date accessed: 19 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26668. Oct 2017

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