1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Discourse Analysis

By Chris Shei Copyright 2019
    700 Pages
    by Routledge

    700 Pages
    by Routledge

    Chinese is a discourse-oriented language and the underlying mechanisms of the language involve encoding and decoding so the language can be correctly delivered and understood. To date, there has been a lack of consolidation at the discourse level such that a reference framework for understanding the language in a top-down fashion is still underdeveloped.

    The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Discourse Analysis is the first to showcase the latest research in the field of Chinese discourse analysis to consolidate existing findings, put the language in both theoretical and socio-functional perspectives, offer guidance and insights for further research and inspire innovative ideas for exploring the Chinese language in the discourse domain. The book is aimed at both students and scholars researching in the areas of Chinese linguistics and discourse analysis.

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    Introduction: Discourse Analysis in the Chinese Context

    Chris Shei

    Part I. Approaches to Chinese discourse

    1 Chinese conversation analysis

    Kang-Kwong Luke

    2 Critical analysis of Chinese discourse

    Weixiao Wei

    3 Sociolinguistic approaches to Chinese discourse

    Wei Wang

    4 Analyzing Multimodal Chinese Discourse: Integrating Social Semiotic and Conceptual Metaphor Theories

    William Dezheng Feng

    Part II. Grammatical aspect of Chinese discourse

    5 Conceptual word order principles and Mandarin Chinese grammar

    Anna Morbiato

    6 Grammatical constructions and Chinese discourse

    Zhuo Jing-Schmidt

    7 Between factuality and counterfactuality: Chinese conditionals in conversations

    Yu-Fang Wang and Wayne Schams

    8 Information structure in Chinese discourse

    Yu-Yin Hsu

    Part III. Linguistic elements in Chinese discourse

    9 Personal pronouns in Chinese discourse

    Xuehua Xiang

    10 Aspect in Chinese narrative

    Wendan Li

    11 The use of modal verbs in political debates

    Maria Cheng

    12 Zero anaphora and topic chain in Chinese discourse

    Ming-Ming Pu

    Part IV. Pragmatic aspect of Chinese discourse

    13 Politeness and impoliteness in Chinese discourse

    Dániel Z. Kádár

    14 Pragmatic markers in Chinse discourse

    Guangwu Feng

    15 The Grammaticalization of Stance Markers in Chinese

    Foong Ha Yap and Winnie Chor

    16 Language, Gesture, and Meaning

    Kawai Chui

    Part V. Cognitive aspect of Chinese discourse

    17 The Psycholinguistics of Chinese Discourse Processing

    Chien-Jer Charles Lin

    18 The neurocognitive processing of Chinese discourse

    Chiao-Yi Wu and Shen-Hsing Annabel Chen

    19 Language impairment in Chinese discourse

    Yi-hsiu Lai and Yu-te Lin

    20 Discourse, Gender and Psychologization in Contemporary China

    Jie Yang

    Part VI. Genres of Chinese discourse

    21 Chinese Business Communication

    Jiayi Wang

    22 Chinese workplace discourse: politeness strategies and power dynamics

    Vincent X. Wang

    23 Legal discourse studies in the Chinese context

    Zhengrui Han and Yunfeng Ge

    24 Authoritative classroom discourse: The abuse of power in a Chinese classroom

    Wang Bo and Ma Yuanyi

    Part VII. Chinese discourse on social media

    25 The Discourse of Chinese Social Media: The Case of Weibo

    Eileen Le Han

    26 Chinese Censorship of Online Discourse

    Juha A. Vuori and Lauri Paltemaa

    27 Don’t talk back to your father – Online anti-Taiwanese independence nationalist discourse

    Ane Bislev

    28 Rescuing Authoritarian Rule: The Anti-Gongzhi Discourse in Chinese Cyberspace

    Rongbin Han and Linan Jia

    Part VIII. Identity, Ideology and control in Chinese discourse

    29 Discursive Construction of National and Political Identities in China

    Qing Cao

    30 Ideological patterns in Chinese state media narratives concerning issues of security and sovereignty

    Lutgard Lams

    31 The Cultural Governance of China’s Mass Media Events

    Florian Schneider

    32 Identity construction in Chinese discourse

    Cheng-Tuan Li

    Part IX. Chinese discourse and language technology

    33 Development of Computation Models for Chinese Discourse Analysis

    Hen-Hsen Huang and Hsin-Hsi Chen

    34 Chinese spoken dialogue system

    Chung-Hsien Wu and Ming-Hsiang Su

    35 Corpus Stylistics and Chinese Literary Discourses: A Comparative Study of Four Novels by Shen Congwen and Chang Eileen

    Zhao-Ming Gao

    36 Tracking Collective Sentiment in Chinese Finance-related Discourse

    Samuel W.K. Chan

    Part X. The diversity of Chinese discourse

    37 Code-switching in Singapore Mandarin

    Cher Leng Lee

    38 Studies in Cantonese discourse: Two examples

    John C. Wakefield

    39 An Introduction to Taiwan Hakka: Focusing on its Sounds, Morph-Syntax and Social Background

    Huei-ling Lai

    40 The Dynamics of Southern Min in Taiwan: From Southern Min dialects to Taigi"

    Hui-lu Khoo (Hui-ju Hsu)

    Part XI. The application of Chinese discourse analysis

    41 Discourse analysis in Chinese interpreting and translation studies

    Binhua Wang

    42 Discourse analysis for Chinese language teaching

    Julia Renner

    43 Critical Cultural Discourse Analysis: A Case Study of Chinese Official Discourse on Civil Society

    Runya Qiaoan

    44 A discourse analysis of Macau chefs’ accounts of job crafting

    Ting Wu


    Chris Shei studied at Taiwan, Cambridge and Edinburgh and has worked at Swansea University since 2003. He teaches and researches in linguistics and translation studies and is particularly interested in the use of computer and web resources for linguistic research, language education and translating. He is the General Editor for two new Routledge series: Routledge Studies in Chinese Discourse Analysis and Routledge Studies in Chinese Translation.

    '... the handbook showcases the latest quality studies of contemporary Chinese discourse, providing a comprehensive and systematic discussion of research approaches (mainly qualitative methodologies), language features of and the social functions constructed in various genres and through various channels in the Chinese contexts, as well as their conventions and norms of practice. Making an important contribution to the field of Chinese discourse studies, the handbook will certainly play a strong role to inspire more research studies in this area. As such, it is of interest to both students and scholars who work in the area of discourse and communication studies of Chinese language, society and culture.' - Yuan ke Li, School of Foreign Studies, South China Normal University, P.R. China, Discourse Studies, 2019, Vol. 21(6) 734–736