A contrastive analysis of Chinese and English refusals


2012 Symposium Theme: New approaches to the study of Chinese grammar. Abstracts of the Symposium located at http://portal.cohass.ntu.edu.sg/ChineseLanguageAndDiscourse/abstract.aspThis paper aims to analyze the verbal refusals made in Chinese and English, delineating the strategies and semantic formulas (sequence, frequency and content) employed in the two languages. Data were collected via a Discourse Completion Test that documents four initiating acts of refusing--requesting, inviting, offering and suggesting. Participants are 30 Chinese nat...postprin

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