A Comparative Study Between Chinese and English Refusals



This article adopts the Discourse Completion Test as the data collection instrument, taking 80 students as its subjects. It mainly focuses on the pragmatic strategies between the two groups, that is to say, the different refusal strategies of the interlocutors. The investigation shows that differences still exist in term of the degree of indirectness. Besides, differences still exist in term of the degree of indirectness. Then it draws the conclusion that the differences of refusal speech act are based on different cultures, furthermore it lays the basis for the the English teaching and second language acquisition.


Refusals; Speech act; Pragmatic differences; Strategies

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11316


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