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East Asian Pragmatics
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ISSN (Print) 2055-7752 - ISSN (Online) 2055-7760
Published by Equinox Publishing Homepage  [28 journals]
  • A study of relational ritual, affectivity, and identity (de)construction
           in Chinese X-change programmes

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      Authors: Chengtuan Li
      Pages: 149– - 149–
      Abstract: This study attempts to examine how, in X-change, a Chinese televised documentary programme, fathers and sons practise their relational rituals, display their emotions and (de)construct their relational identities. Based on data analysis and the Confucian ritual theory five Luns, it finds that in family talk, ritual practices change, switching from negative or deviant ones to positive and normative ones, and the affectivity involved also changes from negative emotion to positive emotion. At the beginning of the programme, due to violation of one of the Confucian Luns – loving father and filial son (fucizixiao) – the father and the son conduct the destructive relational ritual practices, deconstruct their relational identities, and release their negative affect. As the programme progresses, both the father and the son commence to conform to Lun, and hence constructive relational ritual practices occur, and relational identities are reconstructed and normalised in terms of Lun; eventually their affect becomes positive, and their interpersonal rapport is enhanced.
      PubDate: 2022-06-16
      DOI: 10.1558/eap.19944
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • The pragmatic understanding of subject expression in spoken Korean

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      Authors: Narah Lee
      Pages: 175– - 175–
      Abstract: Whereas there are a number of studies that address subject omission in Korean as a pro-drop language, expressed subjects have been less explored. I argue that the reasons for expressed subjects to remain un-omitted are found in their pragmatic effects rather than elsewhere. This study particularly investigates the pragmatic effects of the alternation among reference forms for the expressed subject in spoken Korean and uses three different spoken corpora to identify specific examples of the relevant effects. I believe that this study makes a significant contribution to the literature because it shows that shifts among different reference forms play a crucial role in conveying specific pragmatic effects. In particular, I have categorised the pragmatic effects of expressed subjects into two categories, (im)politeness and authority, and intimacy and estrangement, by the characteristics of interpersonal behaviours.
      PubDate: 2022-06-16
      DOI: 10.1558/eap.18812
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Performative intersubjectivity

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      Authors: Haiping Wu
      Pages: 207– - 207–
      Abstract: Taking an interactional linguistic approach, this article examines the role of turn-initial wo gaosu ni ‘I tell you’ in informings in Mandarin conversation. Based on data from a television talk show, I argue that one major function of turn-initial wo gaosu ni is to serve as a ‘performative’ strategy in interaction that manages inter-subjectivity among interlocutors (Edwards, 1999, p. 140). Specifically, by treating oneself as the source of information and others as the uninformed, the wo gaosu ni-speaker asserts his/her epistemic primacy over the referent vis-à-vis coparticipants. I also propose that, drawing on this epistemic-encoding function, turn-initial wo gaosu ni can also act to reinforce the speaker’s affective stance, which may be supportive, affiliative, or antithetical to the ones taken by others.
      PubDate: 2022-06-16
      DOI: 10.1558/eap.18790
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Pragmatic awareness of conversational implicatures by L2 undergraduate
           students in Saudi Arabia

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      Authors: Mohammed Abdullah Alharbi
      Pages: 237– - 237–
      Abstract: Pragmatic competence is one of the chief components of language learners’ communicative abilities. However, in research and instruction, limited attention is often directed towards the pragmatic aspects of language. One such pragmatic aspect is conversational implicature. This study investigates the perception of implicatures by EFL undergraduates in Saudi Arabia, where, as in East Asian countries, English is spoken as a foreign language. It employs an exploratory mixed-methods design to collect and analyse the data. Three instruments were used to collect the data, namely, a multiple-choice discourse completion test, the design based on Bouton’s works (1988, 1994), a questionnaire, developed from and based on the taxonomy of the implicature of interpretative strategies by Vandergrift (1997), and interviews. A total of 40 undergraduates who enrolled on a four-year English programme at Majmaah University were randomly selected to participate in this study. The findings revealed that EFL learners encountered difficulties in understanding implicatures. It was also shown that Quantity, Indirect Criticism, Quality, Sequential, and Scalar implicatures are more problematic for learners than the other five types of implicatures, namely, Minimum Requirement Rule, Manner, POPE-Q, Idiomatic, and Relation, respectively. Moreover, the findings obtained from the questionnaire indicated that the participants tended to use inference strategies, deduction/induction, repetition, and transfer strategies more frequently than grouping strategies, elaboration strategies, translation strategies, and summarisation strategies. The study recommends that language teachers should incorporate the pragmatic aspects of language in their teaching, and such aspects should also be incorporated in the English curricula. It provides significant implications which could be useful for EFL/ESL learners and teachers as well as curriculum designers in Saudi Arabia, as much as in East Asia.
      PubDate: 2022-06-16
      DOI: 10.1558/eap.19270
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Self-praise by Chinese and American celebrities on TV talk shows

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      Authors: Fan Li, Yicheng Wu
      Pages: 267– - 267–
      Abstract: Self-praise, a social practice that threatens the positive face of the addressee, is a relatively under-explored topic in politeness research. This article examines self-praise strategies used by Chinese and American celebrities. Based on an existing taxonomy of self-praise strategies, namely, explicit self-praise without modification, explicit self-praise with modification, and implicit self-praise, we collected data from two Chinese TV shows (Yang Lan Interview One on One and Jin Xing Show) and two American TV shows (The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Charlie Rose Show). Through a detailed analysis of interactions between host and celebrity within Leech’s (2014) General Strategy of Politeness, it is found that there are four modification devices and three implicit frames in their self-praise. Additionally, American celebrities tend to praise themselves explicitly while Chinese counterparts always mitigate it. Cultural differences exhibited in the form of face-preserving needs and attitudes to the audience may account for preferences for different self-praise strategies in the two linguistic communities. The findings not only open a cross-cultural window to self-praise research but also offer insights into third-person politeness theorising.
      PubDate: 2022-06-16
      DOI: 10.1558/eap.20299
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Politeness in Professional Contexts Edited by Dawn Archer, Karen Grainger,
           and Piotr Jagodzinski (2020)

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      Authors: Yeming Yang
      Pages: 291– - 291–
      Abstract: Politeness in Professional Contexts Edited by Dawn Archer, Karen Grainger, and Piotr Jagodzinski (2020) John Benjamins
      PubDate: 2022-06-16
      DOI: 10.1558/eap.21751
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2022)
       
 
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