Pragmatic Features of Chinese Ostensible Invitations

Fang GUO, Dandan SANG


Invitations can be roughly divided into genius invitations and ostensible invitations. The ostensible invitation as a kind of ostensible speech act is always carried out for some unspoken purposes. In this paper, the properties and features of Chinese ostensible invitations are analyzed based on the examples collected by the method of experience description, experience record and interview. The study provides a guideline for people to distinguish Chinese ostensible invitations so that they are able to respond to the ostensible invitations appropriately to promote harmonious interpersonal relations. 


Chinese ostensible invitation; Speech act; Interpersonal relation

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