Historical Chinese politeness and rhetoric. A case study of epistolary refusals

Dániel Z. Kádár

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This paper explores the relationship between politeness behaviour and rhetoric by examining the case of the historical Chinese pragmatic act of refusal in epistolary discourse. The analysis presented is based on the hypothesis that it is possible to identify culture-specific choices of rhetorical patterns in certain pragmatic and relational acts. Such patterns, in particular in written genres, originate in culturally-situated rhetorical traditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-110
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Politeness Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


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