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The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Discourse Analysis

ISBN 9781032401706
Published August 29, 2022 by Routledge
700 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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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

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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