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Chinese categorization of interpersonal relationships and the cultural logic of Chinese social interaction: An indigenous perspective

Ye, Zhengdao


This paper explores the conceptual basis of Chinese social organization, and examines how the fundamental Chinese categories of interpersonal relationships affect Chinese ways of speaking and social interaction. Firstly, the paper will analyze the full meanings and interrelationship of two of the most distinctive (complementary) dyads of Chinese social categories, namely, shēngrén (lit. "uncooked person", "stranger") vs. shúrén (lit. "cooked person", "an old acquaintance"), and zìjǐrén (lit....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Intercultural Pragmatics
Access Rights: Open Access


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