Aspects of Address Forms in Chinese and English: A Comparative Study

Chunrong LI


Address forms are the most frequently used words in speech communication, and they are of great importance in interpersonal communication, particularly in cross-cultural interaction. In this article a tentative comparison of address forms in Chinese and English has been made from a cultural-pragmatic perspective with the aim to guide the interpersonal communication. Meanwhile, an investigation of various kinds of meanings conveyed in address forms and the way they affect the use has also been carried out with the purpose to offer explanations associated with cultures in different languages.


Address forms; Cultural-pragmatic comparison; Chinese; English

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