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ERIC Number: ED374665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 63
Abstractor: N/A
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Different Mind, Different Rhetoric: An Investigation of the Role of Set Phrases in the Chinese Rhetorical Art.
Wang, Hongjie
This thesis attempts to explain, in light of contrastive rhetoric, the Chinese preference of set phrases and the American disapproval of cliche. It asserts that because society and culture shape the way individuals use their language, Chinese and Americans hold different rhetorical expectations and observe different conventions in forming their discourse. After analyzing the driving forces behind the popularity of set phrases in Chinese discourse, it argues that the nature of the Chinese educational system explains the enduring role of set phrases in Chinese culture. This is due to the fact that education in China still relies heavily on memorization and recitation. The thesis concludes that the Chinese preference for set phrases conforms to the rhetorical theory and practice of the culture, whereas the American disapproval of set phrases represents the changing values of American society. (Contains 41 references.) (Author/MDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States