Politeness in Historical and Contemporary Chinese

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-02-27
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Pan and Kadar's exciting research compares historical and contemporary Chinese (im)polite communication norms and maps the similarities and differences between them. Considering the importance of China on the world stage, understanding Chinese politeness norms is pivotal, to both experts of communication studies and those who have interactions with the Chinese community.

Author Biography

Dániel Z. Kádár is a Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary.He is winner of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Young Scholar Award 2010.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sara Mills \ Acknowledgements \ 1 Introduction \ 2. The Myth of Chinese Politeness: Problems, Framework, Data \ 3. Politeness in Historical China \ 4. Politeness in Contemporary China \ 5. The Transitional Period: What Happened to Honorifics? \ 6. Deconstructing Chinese Politeness \ Appendix I: Chronological List of Chinese Dynasties \ Appendix II: Simplified Chinese Transcript of the Texts Studied \ Appendix III: Newsmaker Labeling in People's Daily and Guangzhou Daily \ Appendix IV: Fonts in People's Daily and Guangzhou Daily \ Appendix V: Font Size in People's Daily and Guangzhou Daily \ Bibliography \ Index of Names and Subjects \ Index of Chinese Expressions Studied

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