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Co-relations between Ostensible Invitation Strategies and Social Distance in Chinese

Author: ChaiSi
Tutor: ZhangShaoJie
School: Northeast Normal University
Course: Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Keywords: ostensible speech act ostensible invitation social distance
CLC: H13
Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2009
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As the non-serious use of language is applied to a much wider range of purposes in communication than the serious use of language as dealt with in the traditional study, more and more researchers have shifted their focus to the non-serious use of language, which commonly occurs in our life as an indispensable part in successful communication. Ostensible invitation, as one of commonly occurring speech behaviors in Chinese, plays a unique role in communication. Therefore, a deeper understanding of such a speech act can not only enrich the study of this subject, but also provide implications for language teaching and learning.The present study mainly aims to present a qualitative and quantitative analysis of ostensible invitation in Chinese through investigating: the types of strategies for ostensible invitation, and the ostensible invitation strategies in relation to social distance in Chinese.Through the analysis of a collection of observed and interviewed examples, six strategies that speakers use to express the ostensible intentions are categorized and analyzed. The Chi-square test is used in order to find out the statistical significance of distributions of ostensible invitation strategies with social distance variation.From the analysis of the data, we find that the choice of ostensible invitation strategies in Chinese is closely related to social distance felt by speakers at that situation. The result shows that, the curves show that the other five strategies except the implausibility strategy which is negatively correlated with social distance, are all asymmetrically normal distributions.The present study bears important implications, for second language acquisition and teaching, studies on spoken discourse analysis, and translation and interpretation. But it still has its own limitations, such as its limited scope without considering other social factors, such as sex, age, and social class. Also the analysis is made from the perspective of the addresser which might call for a counterpart study from the perspective of the addressee so as to better understand the interaction between both sides.

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