Elastic Language in Persuasion and Comforting

A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Authors: Zhang, Grace, Parvaresh, Vahid

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  • Proposes a rigorous account of how language is stretched in reality television discourse
  • Presents real-life and stimulating empirical evidence to support the account
  • Provides pragma-linguistic and cross-cultural data analysis of English and Chinese
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This innovative book examines the discourse of reality television, and the elasticity of language in the popular talent show The Voice from a cross-cultural perspective. Analysing how and why elastic language is used in persuasion and comforting, a comparison between Chinese and English is made, and the authors highlight the special role that elastic language plays in effective interactions and strategic communication. Through the lens of the language variance of two of the world’s most commonly spoken languages, the insights and resources provided by this book are expected to advance knowledge in the fields of contrastive pragmatics and cross-cultural communication, and inform strategies in bridging different cultures. This study highlights the need to give the elastic use of language the attention it deserves, and reveals how language is non-discrete and strategically stretchable. This book will be of interest to academics and postgraduate students engaged in elastic/vague language studies, cross-cultural pragmatics, media linguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and communication studies.


About the authors

Grace Zhang is Professor in the School of Education at Curtin University, Australia.

 

Vahid Parvaresh is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. 


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Elastic Language in Persuasion and Comforting: A Cross-Cultural Perspective is an inspiring contribution that opens new avenues for the study of elastic language in cross-cultural communication. The multifaceted analysis of this language phenomenon in terms of speech act theory provides new insights into the investigation of elastic language. This excellent piece of scholarship is highly recommended to all involved in pragmatics and cross-cultural communication.” (Peyman G.P. Sabet, ESL Teaching Academic, Curtin University, Australia)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Elastic Language in Persuasion and Comforting
Book Subtitle
A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28460-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28460-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28459-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 297
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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