East Asian Pragmatics, Vol 5, No 3 (2020)

Generic solicitude in sequence-initial position as a practice for pre-closing proposals in Mandarin telephone calls

Boyu Dong, Yaxin Wu
Issued Date: 16 Nov 2020


Based on 200 mundane Mandarin Chinese telephone calls, this paper describes composition of generic solicitude in sequence initial position in the closing section. Two compositions of generic solicitude are found which are stand-alone generic solicitude and composite generic solicitude. Stand-alone generic solicitude is in a single unit turn and usually in imperatives like Adj. + dianr+V. The recipients frequently accept the generic solicitude by minimal response followed by terminal sequence. Composite generic solicitude is in a multi-unit turn which includes closing components and generic solicitude. The recipients may accept or reject the pre-closing proposal by the composite generic solicitude. The generic solicitude could be expanded by both participants. The paper concludes that generic solicitude is a practice for pre-closing proposal in Mandarin telephone calls. Generic solicitudes in closing section function to establish the closing-relevant environment and reaffirm relationship work. This paper contributes to our understanding of the organization of telephone closings in Mandarin interaction.

DOI: 10.1558/eap.39605


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