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]
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