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A pragmatic study of supportive persuasion in Chinese.
Language conveys information and stance and has power to influence others. Such act of persuasion has received considerable scholarly attention. However, its interlanguage remains unstudied. This paper thus inspects Chinese native speakers’ and language learners’ strategies of supportive persuasion and concludes with pedagogical implications. Results of discourse completion tasks show that the head act of persuasion is statement, functioning to express straightforward support and directive. The subsidiary act is argumentation, presenting proofs that control the strength of persuasion, such as advantages, benefits, impressions, experiences, examples, etc. Despite their mastery of various strategies, advanced Chinese learners tend to use basic vocabulary and construction that carry similar functions. In conclusion, linguistic forms pose a major difficulty in pragmatic acquisition. Intercultural communication requires elimination of word-by-word translation due to first language interference, so that persuasion can be made more appropriate and effective in a Chinese way.
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