Chapter published in:“Self” in Language, Culture, and Cognition
[Cognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Contexts 10] 2019
► pp. 12–35
Self-referential pronouns in Mandarin Chinese
In Chinese interactions, conversational parties presume the existence of a social protocol that maintains face, or harmony, and acts in such a way as to protect its integrity. This chapter introduces how the examination of the participants’ referential pronoun can provide a salient window into the relational aspects of selfhood that arise in social interactions in relation to the communication demands in Chinese culture.
Keywords: self-referential pronouns, discursive functions, social construction