Publication details [#31856]
Gu, Yueguo. 1990. Politeness phenomena in modern Chinese. Journal of Pragmatics 14 (2) : 237–267.
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Language as a subject
This article discusses the modern perception of politeness in Chinese as well as its historical origin. It then makes a critical comparison between western and Chinese politeness phenomena, formulating and illustrating four politeness maxims. The relation between politeness and language and conversation is also discussed.