Politeness Strategies of Chinese in A Talk Show “If You Are The One”

Wu, Meimei and Wang, Jianning (2019) Politeness Strategies of Chinese in A Talk Show “If You Are The One”. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 89. pp. 595-605. ISSN 2357-1330

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Based on discourse of a Chinese talk show, this study aims to test and verify Brown & Levinson’s (hereafter B&L) theory of politeness. Politeness is culture specific, and in this respect, the term of “face” provides more evidence. Adopting descriptive text analysis, this study analysed the transcriptions of a popular Chinese TV show If You Are the One on a rhetorical level in the context of Chinese culture. The present study reveals that politeness strategies are prevalent in If You Are the One, with the majority of them being positive politeness strategies, which contradict with B&L’s claim that people tend to select negative politeness as their preference, while bald on-record and off-record ones occurring rarely among the texts. The result shows that B&L’s politeness model provides us directions about the affecting elements of Chinese interaction on its validity. Under positive politeness, the author added three subcategories, namely speaking, “approbation of L”, “showing gratitude”, and “saving face for L”. The original typology presented by B&L may reflect a western cultural bias, but necessitating validation efforts for each culture is research worthy. Chinese peculiar culture contributes a lot to the result, which hints a further research in the future.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics > BJ1725 Ethics of Social Groups, Classes, etc., Professional Ethics
Divisions: Pusat Pengajian Ilmu Kemanusiaan (School of Humanities) > International Conference on Humanities (ICH)
Koleksi Penganjuran Persidangan (Conference Collection) > International Conference on Humanities (ICH)
Depositing User: Mr Musa Mohamed Ghazali
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 03:14
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 03:14
URI: http://eprints.usm.my/id/eprint/48053

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