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Politeness phenomena in modern Chinese

Author: Yueguo Gu
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Journal of Pragmatics, v14 n2 (1990): 237-257
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This paper presents an account of politeness phenomena in modern Chinese. The modern conception of politeness as well as its historical origin are discussed. A critical comparison is made between western notions of face and politeness and their Chinese counterparts. Four politeness maxims are formulated and illustrated. The relation between politeness on the one hand, and language and conversation on the other, is  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Yueguo Gu
ISSN:0378-2166
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 4930866086
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This paper presents an account of politeness phenomena in modern Chinese. The modern conception of politeness as well as its historical origin are discussed. A critical comparison is made between western notions of face and politeness and their Chinese counterparts. Four politeness maxims are formulated and illustrated. The relation between politeness on the one hand, and language and conversation on the other, is also discussed.

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