A Comparative Study of Social Deixis in Chinese and English from the Perspective of Rhetorical Authority

Shukang Li, Ke Li

Abstract


Social deixis is concerned with the social status of the speaker/writer, the hearer/reader, or a third person referred to, as well as the relative social relationships between them. As a pragmatic symbol, it plays an crucial role in smooth communication, especially cross-cultural communication, and it can serve as a catalyst in interpersonal communication. However, it varies from culture to culture and thus it has different forms in different contexts of Chinese and English. In fact, social deixis involves a certain kind of rhetorical authority, which exerts some influences on the effect of communication carried out by the speaker/writer and the hearer/reader. In this essay, we are to make a comparative study of social deixis in Chinese and English from the perspective of rhetorical authority, in order to gain implications to cross-communication.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jsel.v3i1.8327

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