Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Social Science and Technology Education

A Pragmatic Study of Chinese and Western Linguistic Politeness

Authors
Mei Wang, Yingying Peng
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Available Online April 2015.
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Keywords
linguistic politeness; Politeness Principle; cross-cultural communication
Abstract

Politeness is a social and linguistic phenomenon that exists in almost every culture. Despite its universality the interpretation and understanding of politeness, the ways to realize politeness and the standards of judgment differ in different cultures. Based on an analysis of Leech's Politeness Principle and Gu Yueguo's Politeness Principle, which can represent the Western and Chinese politeness theory model respectively, this paper intends to make a contrastive study of Chinese and Western linguistic politeness in terms of their responses towards praises and compliments , terms of address, privacy and taboo, value and modesty. We find that linguistic politeness strategy bears obvious cultural traits and is largely influenced by its culture, namely, religion, value and ethics etc. The contrastive analysis of the Chinese and Western linguistic politeness can hopefully boost cross-cultural communication.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Social Science and Technology Education
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
April 2015
ISBN
978-94-62520-60-8
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icsste-15.2015.56How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2015, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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