Directive-giving and grammatical forms : Mitigation devices in a medical laboratory setting

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Author(s)

  • Angela Chan
  • Wei Zhang
  • Olga Zayts
  • Mary Hoi Yin Tang
  • Wai Keung Tam

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-161
Journal / PublicationChinese Language and Discourse
Volume6
Issue number2
Online publishedJan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Abstract

This paper investigates the use of grammatical forms in directive sequences by drawing on daily interactions between colleagues in a medical laboratory in Hong Kong. From a conversation analytic perspective, we focus on how directives in Cantonese are commonly formulated and how the force of a directive is mitigated. Our analysis shows that (1) the imperative seems to be the most frequently used syntactic form for giving directives and there is no apparent hierarchical ('power') differentiation, (2) the imperative-formulated directives are frequently mitigated by the use of a range of linguistic forms as well as interactional resources.

Research Area(s)

  • Cantonese, Directives, Grammar and interaction, Mitigation devices, Workplace interaction

Citation Format(s)

Directive-giving and grammatical forms : Mitigation devices in a medical laboratory setting. / Chan, Angela; Zhang, Wei; Zayts, Olga; Tang, Mary Hoi Yin; Tam, Wai Keung.

In: Chinese Language and Discourse, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2015, p. 133-161.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review