Wang, Jiayi and Spencer-Oatey, Helen (2015) The gains and losses of face in ongoing intercultural interaction: A case study of Chinese participant perspectives. Journal of Pragmatics, 89 . pp. 50-65. ISSN 0378-2166
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2015.09.007
Given the small number of existing studies of face in intercultural settings and the increasing attention given to participant perspectives in face research, this paper explores the gains and losses of face as perceived by Chinese government officials during a three-week delegation visit to the United States of America. These perspectives were obtained from the group’s spontaneous discussions during regular evening meetings when they reflected on the day’s events. Several key features emerged from the discussions. Firstly, face enhancement was a primary goal for the visit – enhancement of their own face as a delegation, of the face of the Ministry they belonged to, as well as the face of their American hosts. Secondly, the delegates attempted to manage these face goals strategically. Thirdly, they spoke of face as a volatile image that could rise and fall sharply and yet endured across incidents, days and weeks. The paper reports on and discusses these participant perspectives in the light of recent theorizing on face.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Face dynamics; Face management; Face enhancement; Participant perspectives; First/second order distinction; Longitudinal case study|
|Subjects:||Eastern, Asiatic, African, American & Australasian languages, literature & related subjects > Chinese studies|
|Schools:||Faculty of Culture & the Creative Industries > School of Languages and Global Studies|
|Deposited By:||Jiayi Wang|
|Deposited On:||24 Feb 2016 15:57|
|Last Modified:||23 Oct 2016 03:21|
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