East Asian Pragmatics https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP <p><em>East Asian Pragmatics</em> (EAP) focuses on language use and interpersonal interaction within and across East Asian cultures, including national cultures such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean, as well as ethnic minority, regional and other localised cultures, communities of practice, relational networks and other groupings including diasporic communities. <a href="https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/about">Read more</a>. </p> en-US <p>© Equinox Publishing Ltd.</p> <p>For information regarding our Open Access policy, <a title="Open access policy." href="Full%20details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.">click here</a>.</p> cxr3354182@163.com (Xinren Chen) aparkin@equinoxpub.com (Ailsa Parkin) Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000 OJS http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 The role of pragmatics in the diagnosis of dementia https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18041 <p>Dementia is a large and growing public health problem that poses considerable economic and social challenges to many countries around the world. The emphasis of clinical intervention is to delay the onset of severe functional limitations that are associated with poor outcomes and large health and social care costs. For this to be possible, however, clinicians must achieve earlier diagnosis of the condition than is currently the case. I argue that pragmatic language abilities hold promise as early behavioural markers of cognitive impairment. This article describes some empirical work on the search for pragmatic markers of early cognitive impairment in 27 English-speaking participants with neurodegenerative disorders. With one exception, none of the participants had received a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Yet, their performance in discourse production tasks suggested they were experiencing early disruption of pragmatic language skills that had been masked in some cases by compensatory strategies.&nbsp;</p> Louise Cummings Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18041 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Pathological verbal repetition by Chinese elders with Dementia of Alzheimer’s Type https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18042 <p>Verbal repetition has been acknowledged as one of the most common symptoms in early Dementia of Alzheimer's Type (DAT). Despite previous attempts, the applicability of verbal repetition as an essential linguistic marker indicating this disease remains unexplored for Chinese DAT patients. This study collects Chinese DAT patients' daily conversation data to investigate both structural and functional aspects of pathological verbal repetition. Three major types are set regarding the cases of pathological repetition, respectively ‘unconscious concept repetition', ‘perseveration', and ‘involuntary word repetition'. The analysis focuses on what features these repetitions have from the perspective of ‘ideational function', ‘interpersonal function', and ‘textual function' within the framework of Systemic Functional Linguistics. A better understanding of pathological verbal repetition by DAT elders as the linguistic markers of cognitive impairment promotes effective communication between patients, nursing staff, and family members.</p> Lin Zhu, Lihe Huang Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18042 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Requests by Chinese EFL learners and native speakers of English https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18043 <p>Language learners' requesting behaviour has been the focus of pragmatic research for some time, including that of Chinese EFL learners, who constitute a large proportion of English speakers globally. The present study replicates elements of Wang (2011), focusing on the use of formulaic expressions and exploring the differences between advanced Chinese EFL learners and native speakers of English with regard to the use of request formulae. The study also investigates whether significant exposure to the target language in country is connected to a more native-like use of request formulae. Wang's Discourse Completion Task was adopted to elicit request utterances from three groups of participants: advanced Chinese EFL learners studying in China (at home students) and in the UK (study abroad students), respectively, and native speakers of British English. The findings show that, although in some respects study abroad students in the UK employed request formulae in a more native-like manner compared to at home students in China, neither group showed close approximation to the request behaviour of the native speaker group. The findings are discussed in the context of current debates, including interlanguage variations, interactional competence, and native speaker norms and intelligibility.</p> Jing Meng, Beatrice Szczepek Reed Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18043 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Motives of attentiveness and their interactional manifestations https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18044 <p>The present study approaches attentiveness (demonstrated by a pre-emptive response in the form of an offer) in a context wherein interpersonal relations have attracted increasing attention in recent (im)politeness research. It aims to delve into what motivates the demonstration of attentiveness and how it impacts the unfolding of interaction. Insights from multiple disciplines such as social psychology, anthropology, and cultural semantics are drawn in the course of the present investigation. It is proposed that attentiveness is motivated by empathy and/or reciprocity, which can partly explain how interaction occurs and unfolds. It is also shown that attentiveness motivated by empathy and that by reciprocity are interrelated.</p> Saeko Fukushima Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18044 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000 A discursive pragmatic approach to the third person pronoun ta in Chinese computermediated communication https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18045 <p>This study examines the persuasive discourse of institutional accounts on Sina Weibo which contains the genderless non-standard third person pronoun ta written in the Roman alphabet instead of standard Chinese characters. Mandarin Chinese originally used the single character ? (ta) to refer to the third person ‘he', ‘she', and ‘it', which later gave way to three separate written ‘standard' forms: ta ? ‘he', ta ? ‘she', and ta ? ‘it' all with the same pronunciation. From a discourse analysis perspective, the study incorporates the ‘three-move structure' textual analysis methodology to shed light on both contemporary language use and one of the most under-studied interpersonal dialogic practices in Chinese computer-mediated communication: ta. The research shows that the environments in which ta appears are associated with two main goals: (1) generating monetary profit and (2) generating engagement with services/ideologies.</p> Kerry Sluchinski Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18045 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Pragmatic Identity: How to Do Things with Words of Identity Xinren Chen (2018) https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18046 Puyu Ning Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18046 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Trust and Discourse: Organizational Perspective Edited by Katja Pelsmaekers, Geert Jacobs, and Craig Rollo (2014) https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18047 Xueyu Wang Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/18047 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000