Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2013.01.002
Title: Silence and face-work in two chinese TV talk shows
Authors: Lee, C.L. 
Chen, Y.
Tan, G.L.
Keywords: Chinese
Face-work
Frame
Politeness
Silence
Talk shows
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Citation: Lee, C.L., Chen, Y., Tan, G.L. (2013-03). Silence and face-work in two chinese TV talk shows. Discourse, Context and Media 2 (1) : 52-74. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2013.01.002
Abstract: This study examines the phenomenon of silence and face-work in Chinese TV talk shows. In general, TV talk shows aim at entertaining the audience by interviewing celebrities either about their work or their personal life, subjects that will interest the audience. Since air time is limited, silence in such TV talk shows is not preferred. However, our study shows that there are many instances of silences in these talk shows. Silences are seen as meaningful turns in the conversations. The data is taken from two Chinese TV talk shows: Lu Yu You Yue (A Date with Lu Yu, henceforth LY) which is a popular information talk show in China and Kang Xi Lai Le (Here Comes Kang Xi, henceforth KX) from Taiwan. This study explores how the frame or expectations of the type of a talk show will determine how the silences are used in relation to face-work given the media specificity and cultural expectations. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Discourse, Context and Media
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124249
ISSN: 22116958
DOI: 10.1016/j.dcm.2013.01.002
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