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Zongfeng Xia Dalian University of Foreign Languages, China

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Fengguang Liu Dalian University of Foreign Languages, China

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Dániel Z. Kádár Dalian University of Foreign Languages, China
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Juliane House Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics, Hungary
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Abstract

In this study, we examine ritual Small Talk in Chinese, which is a regretfully understudied phenomenon. We investigate recurrent pragmatic features of Chinese Small Talk in an audio-recorded corpus through the lens of speech acts. We interpret the use of speech acts with the aid of interaction ritual theory and linguistic politeness. As a case study, we examine instances of Small Talk taking place in the vicinity of a Chinese primary school where parents and grandparents engaged in casual phatic conversations to kill the time while waiting for the children. The study of our corpus of Small Talk conversations allows us to unearth linguaculturally embedded patterns of language use in a complex participatory setting where parents and grandparents interact in front of a school.

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