Patients’ Interrogative Choices in Chinese Doctor-Patient Conversations



Conversations between doctors and patients are processed by a series of information exchanges, by which the interpersonal meaning is realized. Mood is one of important resources to realize interpersonal meaning, especially interrogative Mood. It is the mostly favored choice for patients in doctor-patient conversations. In this article, patients’ interrogative choices are analyzed based on the data collected from Chinese doctor-patient conversations, concluding the characteristics of Chinese patients’ choices of questions and the effect of their interrogative choices on the construing of interpersonal meaning.


Patient; Doctor-patient conversation; Interrogative

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