A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Honorifics in Modern Chinese and American English

Min HUI, Meng MENG, Ying HUI


This paper draws a cross-cultural comparison of the honorifics in modern Chinese and American English. It first discusses how they are used in different socio-cultural situations, and then explores the cultural sources of the differences between them. It is found that communication is essentially a social process influenced by the orientations of interpersonal relationships, which in turn are underpinned by philosophical foundations and value orientations.


Honorifics; Cultural values; Interpersonal relationship

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/9062


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