Politeness In English And Chinese Greetings As Cultural Reflection

Svetlana Glushkova


The article deals with the features of linguistic and cultural expressions of category of politeness in English and Chinese. The features of Chinese culture compared with the culture of England and considered the lexical ways of expressing politeness in these languages. Suggested the classification of lexical means of politeness. Pointed out that category of politeness strongly depends on the structure of the societies in which these languages operate according to their patterns of social behavior. Data introduces ways of studying politeness by different researches. Also mentioned classical view to the cultural aspects of greetings in both languages and role of politeness in intercultural communication. Consideration of two languages represented from lexical, pragmatical point of view. Politeness related to the culture and it is important to mention that what is said, how is said and how many are representation of cultural differences, different habits and rules. We mention that how something is said is more important that what is said.

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politeness, chinese, english, language and culture, linguistic and nonlinguistic politeness, lexical

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