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Title:A Pragmatic Study on Speech Acts in Chinese Invitational Conversations
Author(s):Tseng, Miao-Fen
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Erica McClure
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Speech Communication
Abstract:The results showed that despite its prevalence, the tripartite structure in accordance with an invite/refuse-invite/refuse-invite/accept schema documented in earlier studies in fact lacked completeness and thoroughness in shaping Chinese pragmatics. There also existed two additional interactive structures featuring Chinese invitational conversations: the single structure in accordance with an invite/accept schema, and the bipartite structure in accordance with an invite/refuse-invite/accept schema. In the sentential analysis, refusal strategies demonstrated a much more far-reaching complexity and irregularity than did invitational patterns. Some invitational patterns and refusal strategies occurring in Chinese were not included in models based upon English empirical data. Among the four factors considered in this study, the degree of weightiness and the degree of familiarity were found to outweigh the other two factors across the three pragmatic aspects investigated. In particular, the degree of weightiness, which has never been explored in pragmatic studies, appeared to be the most dominant factor in determining both conversational interactions and sentential variations in Chinese invitations.
Issue Date:1999
Description:215 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9953163
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1999

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