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Face in official intercultural interaction
Face in official intercultural interaction

Author(s): Jiayi Wang
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: face; official interaction; intercultural interaction
Summary/Abstract: This study, with a data-driven approach to the problem, explores the “who” of face in Sino-American official interaction. Using the empirical data from a nearly one-month-long Chinese delegation trip to the United States, the study contributes to our understanding of the conceptualisation and operationalisation of face in official intercultural interaction. The data revealed that face was a central interpreting frame for the Chinese officials. My analysis suggests that face is not just individual and can be a group possession as well. At a group level, it could simultaneously involve multiple layers.

  • Page Range: 97-112
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: English