Aggression and perceived national face threats in Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese CMC discussion boards

Kadar, Daniel Z., Haugh, Michael and Chang, Wei-Lin Melody (2013) Aggression and perceived national face threats in Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese CMC discussion boards. Multilingua, 32 3: 343-372. doi:10.1515/multi-2013-0016

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Author Kadar, Daniel Z.
Haugh, Michael
Chang, Wei-Lin Melody
Title Aggression and perceived national face threats in Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese CMC discussion boards
Journal name Multilingua   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-8507
1613-3684
Publication date 2013-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1515/multi-2013-0016
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 343
End page 372
Total pages 30
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher De Gruyter Mouton
Language eng
Abstract This study examines manifestations of verbal aggression in an intergroup context between Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese on computer-mediated communication (CMC) discussion boards. We examine the role of perceptions of national identity and face in occasioning instances of aggression in Sino-Taiwanese online interactions. It will be argued that there is a fundamental difference between Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese ways of displaying aggression when discussing cross-Strait issues. While the Taiwanese use abusive terms in order to dissociate themselves from the Mainland Chinese, the latter tend to associate themselves with Taiwanese through terms that subsume Taiwanese claims to a national identity within a broader pan-Chinese identity, thereby implicitly displaying a social claim of sovereignty and cultural supremacy over Taiwan. We argue that these differences can be traced to evaluations by Taiwanese of these associative moves as threatening to their perceived national face. We conclude that this illustrates that face should be analysed not only at the level of interpersonal interaction but also at the intergroup level.
Keyword Identity
Face
Verbal aggression
Impoliteness
Computer-mediated communication
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Languages and Cultures Publications
 
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