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Pang, Ching Lin, Sara Sterling and Denggao Long. 2015. ‘Mei nu, mei nu, tai gui le!’: to use or not to use Chinese language in Beijing's Silk Market. Language and Intercultural Communication 15 (2) : 267–284.
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Language as a subject
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This paper debates international language students' shopping experience in Beijing's Silk Street Market, theorized as an intercultural meeting and exchange. With different levels of success, students execute the core bargaining ritual, employing not only their Chinese language competence but also their comprehension of the marketplace language.