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ERIC Number: ED475014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 11
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Self-deprecation Phenomena in Chinese Face-work: Ritual and Pragmatic Implications.
Zhang, Yuanzhong
This paper examines the Chinese self-deprecation phenomenon from a sociopragmatic perspective, analyzing the ritual and pragmatic implications that arise from face-work sought to fulfill the face needs of interlocutors in communicative events. It defines self-deprecation as the act of ritual or purposeful disparaging of one's own prestige, achievements, or competence in order to achieve desired contextual effects through oral or written forms of communication. The paper notes that previous research on pragmatics and social interaction has concentrated solely on either the normative or instrumental functions of self-deprecation, asserting that these two lines of inquiry cannot be separated from one another if the social, cultural, and historical contexts are considered. It suggests that self-deprecation is best treated as a construct responsive to social sanctions, psychological needs, and communicative goals. An alternative interpretation is proposed to make the universal model of face more compatible with the language- and culture-specific characteristics of Chinese. The paper suggests that understanding the self-deprecation phenomenon provides better understanding of the importance of face in learning and instruction, especially for adolescents and adults. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China