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ERIC Number: EJ1057037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0163-853X
Managing Awkward, Sensitive, or Delicate Topics in (Chinese) Radio Medical Consultations
Yu, Guodong; Wu, Yaxin
Discourse Processes: A multidisciplinary journal, v52 n3 p201-225 2015
This study, using conversation analysis as the research methodology, probes into the use of "nage" (literally "that") as a practice of managing awkward, sensitive, or delicate issues in radio phone-in medical consultations about sex-related problems. Through sequential manipulation and turn manipulation, the caller uses stand-alone "nage," either as a pronoun referring to a sex organ or sex-related problem or as a filler, to delay or to build up to the explicit mentioning of the names of sex organs or sex-related problems. In addition, "nage" also makes a compounded occurrence as "'nage'+noun." Both in the stand-alone form and the compounded form, "nage" as a delicate issue managing practice in some sense helps the caller to distance him- or herself from sex-related topics, which are normatively avoided in conversations, and simultaneously helps the caller to portray him- or herself as a victim rather than an agent of the sex-related problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China