LINGUIST List 33.177

Wed Jan 19 2022

Books: Exploring Identity Work in Chinese Communication: Chen

Editor for this issue: Billy Dickson <>

Date: 01-Nov-2021
From: Lian Wilson <>
Subject: Exploring Identity Work in Chinese Communication: Chen
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Title: Exploring Identity Work in Chinese Communication
Published: 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Author: Xinren Chen
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350169333 Pages: 264 Price: U.K. £ 85.50 Comment: PDF
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350169340 Pages: 264 Price: U.K. £ 85.50 Comment: ePub
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350169326 Pages: 264 Price: U.K. £ 95.00

There is growing acceptance among pragmaticians that identity is often (de)constructed and negotiated in communication in order to impact the outcome of the interaction. Filling an important gap in current research, this book offers the first systematic, pragmatic theory to account for the generative mechanisms of identity in communication.

Using data drawn from real-life communicative contexts in China, Xinren Chen examines why identity strategies are adopted, how and why identities are constructed and what factors determine their appropriateness and effectiveness. In answering these questions, this book argues that identity is an essential communicative resource, present across various domains and able to be exploited to facilitate the realization of communicative needs. Demonstrating that communication in Chinese involves the dynamic choice and shift of identity by discursive means, "Exploring Identity Work in Chinese Communication" suggests that identity is intersubjective in communication in all languages and that it can be accepted, challenged, or even deconstructed.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)

Written In: English (eng)

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