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Study of Face Verbal Behavior in Zhao Benshan’s Short Sketches

Author: DengQin
Tutor: LiJunHua
School: Xiangtan University
Course: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Keywords: Zhao Benshan’s short sketches Face Verbal Behavior interpersonal factors interpersonal relationship
CLC: H13
Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2011
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From 1990 to 2010, Zhao Benshan’s short sketches have been flourishing in the Special Spring Festival Programs on CCTV. It won the first prize as“the most popular Spring Festival program”during dramatic and quyi works for fourteen times. Zhao Benshan is also consecutively considered as“the king of short sketch”. Furthermore, comic short sketches in which Zhao Benshan plays a leading role is called“Zhaoshi Sketch”. In speech communication of Chinese,Face-relating Verbal Behavior is everywhere. To a certain extent, the implementation of Face-relating Verbal Behavior run through Zhao’s sketches and Face-relating Verbal Behavior become one of important humorous strategies in the process of constant maintenance and disparagement.This article first introduces the concept“Face-relating Verbal Behavior”, and interprets the meaning of this concept with material of Zhao Benshan’s short sketches from various angles. Face-relating Verbal Behavior is speech behaviors in which people make use of social resources to show its own values in order to seek others’agreement and maintain their inner self worth in the dynamic relationships on the internet, or in the process of implementing. Face-relating Verbal Behavior is related to face, i.e., hurting itself or others’ interests or dignity. In short, Face-relating Verbal Behavior is related to face. Firstly, languages, either sound or silent language, must be used in interpersonal communication. Therefore, in the first chapter, Face-relating Verbal Behavior in Zhao Benshan’pieces is discussed from the perspective of language. Language section includes voice, vocabulary, and rhetoric. Quasi-language section includes facial expressions, gestures and spatial distance. We’ll discuss it specifically from various perspectives. Secondly, the relationship between interpersonal relationships, community resources and face are similar to the cycle of "Production Consumption reproduction".Face-relating Verbal Behavior only happens in the dynamic relationships. In this process, it is inseparable to use interpersonal relationships. By using this strategy, we can create more social resources. The second chapter elaborates the relationship between interpersonal factors and Face-relating Verbal Behavior. Interpersonal factors include exchangeable social resources (like power, money, ability and so on) and psychological resources (like appearance, seniority, reputation and so on). This chapter also deals with how to use a variety of interpersonal factors in interpersonal relationships (such as kinship, geographical relationship ,vocational relationship).The first two chapters discuss Face-relating Verbal Behavior from different angles and levels .The third chapter analyzes the approaches of using social resources and the strategy to implement Face-relating Verbal Behavior in the dynamic relationships as a whole with materials from the typical sketch“Got Money Anyway”.This paper analyzes Zhao Benshan’s Face-relating Verbal Behavior comprehensively by means of phonetics, vocabulary, rhetoric, pragmatics, linguistics, psychology linguistics knowledge. It also interprets“Face-relating Verbal Behavior”from different angles and levels, for example, classification, contrast and more comprehensive method, and then summary the main strategies of Face-relating Verbal Behavior. On the one hand, it shows the essential spirit and psychological track of Chinese’s pattern behavior as a whole, and takes their self-perception to a new level. On the other hand, we analyze Zhao Benshan’s short sketch in a new perspective and probe into the underlying cultural connotations.

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