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Title: ‘ahh ((laugh)) well there is no comparison between the two I think' : how do Hong Kong Chinese and native speakers of English disagree with each other?
Authors: Cheng, W 
Tsui, ABM
Keywords: Disagreement
Dispreferred responses
Hong Kong Chinese
Native speakers of English
Intercultural communication
Conversational analysis
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: North-Holland
Source: Journal of pragmatics, 2009, v. 41, no. 11, p. 2365-2380 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of pragmatics 
Abstract: This article describes the management of disagreement found in an intercultural conversational corpus between Hong Kong Chinese (HKC) and native speakers of English (NSE). Cultural differences in value orientations towards the face system and politeness and research on the structural organization and linguistic realizations of dispreferred responses were drawn upon to illuminate the analysis of data. The quantitative findings show that contrary to the stereotypic accounts of Chinese culture, HKC are not at all shy to disagree with their NSE interlocutors. Neither are HKC less likely, if not more likely, to disagree in order to present their different, or alternative, views. However, when they disagree, they are more inclined to address the face-want of both themselves and the addressees by using redressive language and mitigating devices. Qualitative analysis of sequences of disagreements in a conversational excerpt has shown the varying efforts HKC and NSE speakers make to align themselves with the interlocutor to manage interpersonal relationships and negotiate common ground.
ISSN: 0378-2166
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2009.04.003
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