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    Ritual and Politeness in Historical Chinese Letters: A Case Study of 雪鴻軒尺牘

    訪問:時間:2020-11-30 11:24:54

    講座題目:Ritual and Politeness in Historical Chinese Letters: A Case Study of 雪鴻軒尺牘

    主講人:Prof. Daniel Z. Kádár

    講座時間:2020年12月3日(周四)18: 30




    In this talk I propose a systematic way to study ritual and politeness in historical Chinese letters. Ritual and politeness are fundamental phenomena through which language users build up and maintain interpersonal relationships, and their study provides insight into the formation of interpersonal relationships. In a body of pragmatic literature, these phenomena have been studied in face-to-face interactions, rather than historical written materials such as letters. Historical Chinese letters represent a typical form of multiple-source written discourse, in which the writers follow complex literary conventions, and so it is challenging for the linguist to examine them as a form of interaction. Yet, letters are often very important sources for both the linguist and the historian, and so it would be a luxury for the linguist to dismiss them. This is particularly the case when it comes to the study of language use in Chinese, in particular in areas such as 浙江 and the 江南 Area where letter writing has a unique tradition.

    In this talk I propose an essentially pragmatic approach to historical Chinese epistolary data, by examining the language and style of historical Chinese letters from the perspective of linguistic pragmatics, historical politeness research and relational ritual theory. I argues that various pragmatic characteristics of Chinese epistles, which previous Sinological research has identified, may be systematically modelled if one approaches historical Chinese letter writing as a ritual practice. Language use in historical Chinese letters tends to have a strongly ritual character, due to two reasons. First, Chinese epistles represent interpersonal interaction in a sociocultural context that triggered intensive ritual politeness. Second, many literati regarded letter writing as an activity of fine art by means of which one could ritually display one’s epistolary skill. Owing to this, the language of historical Chinese epistles features a duality of (1) other-oriented ritual politeness and (2) self-oriented ritual display. The present paper examines this duality by setting up an analytic model, and by investigating a renowned corpus of Qing Dynasty letters, Xuehongxuan chidu 雪鴻軒尺牘 (Letters from Snow 20 Swan Retreat).

    To attract both linguists and experts working on Chinese, the language of the lecture will be Chinese. In the following Q&A session, I will be happy to answer questions in both Chinese and English.


           Daniel Z.  Kadar (D. Litt, FHEA, PhD) ,現為大連外國語大學的博士生導師、啟航教授、語用研究中心主任、同時任匈牙利科學院語言學研究所語用學研究中心主任、教授、博士生導師,歐洲漢語協會等機構執行委員會委員,英國語言禮貌研究協會委員。Kadar教授為世界著名出版社Brill《對比語用學》(Contrastive Pragmatics) 期刊主編,也擔任Journal of Pragmatics、Journal of Politeness Research等SSCI期刊的委員。至今已獲國家級項目31項,在劍橋出版社等世界著名出版社出版專著及論文集25部。Kadar教授研究題目包括對比語用學、跨文化語用學、歷史語用學等。

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