Seminar in Chinese Pragmatics

This module is an advanced linguistics study of Pragmatics. It is designed to give graduate students an in-depth understanding of current theories in Pragmatics. Students will learn these theories and their applications to the Chinese language. Students will be trained to critically assess these theories with respect to the Chinese language. They are expected to do original research with natural data in preparation for a research paper. The major topics covered are Chinese references and deixis in written and spoken texts, Co-operative Principle with regard to spoken Chinese Speech acts, as well as its applications to Chinese conversations, and critical analysis of the politeness theories on the Chinese language.

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