Publication details [#66004]

Ran, Yongping and Linsen Zhao. 2019. Impoliteness Revisited: Evidence from Qingmian Threats in Chinese Interpersonal Conflicts. Journal of Politeness Research 15 (2) : 257–292.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This article centers on impoliteness as evaluative practices underpinned by the moral order of qingmian (lit., affection-based face). Using data from Chinese interpersonal conflicts, the paper unveils that unmet renqing (favor) expectancies and unmet mianzi/lian (face) expectancies are frequently assessed as qingmian menaces by partakers, and thence provoke conflicts and discord.