A Pragmatic Study of Mitigating Strategies for Interpersonal Conflicts in Unequal Power Relations
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2018, Pages: 118-126
Received: Jun. 28, 2018; Accepted: Jul. 9, 2018; Published: Aug. 7, 2018
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Ji Xiyuan, College of Foreign Languages, Qufu Normal University, Qufu, China
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Abstract
Conflict talk is a common but complex interactional phenomenon, whose initiation, maintenance, termination, etc. have been explored by many scholars. However, the mitigating strategies of conflict talk have not attracted much attention for research. This paper is a pragmatic study of mitigating strategies for interpersonal conflicts on the basis of the collected data from a number of Chinese official novels within Verschueren’s theoretical framework of Linguistic Adaptation Theory. It then offers an account of the pragmatic motivations for interlocutors with unequal power relations to use mitigating strategies in verbal conflicts in Chinese official settings.
Keywords
Interpersonal Conflicts, Mitigating Strategies, Unequal Power Relations, Adaptation, Chinese Official Settings
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Ji Xiyuan, A Pragmatic Study of Mitigating Strategies for Interpersonal Conflicts in Unequal Power Relations, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 6, No. 4, 2018, pp. 118-126. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20180604.13
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