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ERIC Number: EJ907997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2816
Linking Contextual Factors with Rhetorical Pattern Shift: Direct and Indirect Strategies Recommended in English Business Communication Textbooks in China
Wang, Junhua; Zhu, Pinfan
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v41 n1 p83-107 2011
Scholars have consistently claimed that rhetorical patterns are culturally bound, and indirectness is a defining characteristic of Chinese writing. Through examining how the rhetorical mechanism of directness and indirectness is presented in 29 English business communication textbooks published in China, we explore how English business communication textbook writers in China keep up with the contextual changes in the Chinese society and how the rhetorical mechanism of directness and indirectness is locally situated in the English business communication teaching practices in China. We conclude that the pedagogical strategy on directness and indirectness represented in Chinese English business communication textbooks echoes the same strategy favored by scholars in the United States.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States