Chinese is a discourse-oriented language and the underlying mechanisms of the language involve encoding and decoding so the language can be correctly delivered and understood. To date, there has been a lack of consolidation at the discourse level such that a reference framework for understanding the language in a top-down fashion is still underdeveloped.

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Discourse Analysis is the first to showcase the latest research in the field of Chinese discourse analysis to consolidate existing findings, put the language in both theoretical and socio-functional perspectives, offer guidance and insights for further research and inspire innovative ideas for exploring the Chinese language in the discourse domain. The book is aimed at both students and scholars researching in the areas of Chinese linguistics and discourse analysis.

chapter |18 pages


Discourse analysis in the Chinese context

part I|63 pages

Approaches to Chinese discourse

chapter 1|15 pages

Chinese conversation analysis

New method, new data, new insights

chapter 2|15 pages

Critical analysis of Chinese discourse

Adaptation and transformation

chapter 4|17 pages

Analyzing multimodal Chinese discourse

Integrating social semiotic and conceptual metaphor theories

part II|62 pages

Grammatical aspect of Chinese discourse

part III|56 pages

Linguistic elements in Chinese discourse

part IV|61 pages

Pragmatic aspect of Chinese discourse

part VI|54 pages

Genres of Chinese discourse

chapter 21|14 pages

Chinese business communication

chapter 22|13 pages

Chinese workplace discourse

Politeness strategies and power dynamics

chapter 24|13 pages

Authoritative classroom discourse

The abuse of power in a Chinese classroom

part VII|51 pages

Chinese discourse on social media

chapter 25|12 pages

The discourse of Chinese social media

The case of Weibo

chapter 28|13 pages

Rescuing authoritarian rule

The anti-Gongzhi discourse in Chinese cyberspace

part VIII|54 pages

Identity, ideology and control in Chinese discourse

chapter 29|13 pages

Discursive construction of national and political identities in China

Political and cultural construction of the Chinese nation

chapter 31|12 pages

The cultural governance of China’s mass media events

How the PRC manages discourses in complex media environments

part IX|67 pages

Chinese discourse and language technology

chapter 35|17 pages

Corpus stylistics and Chinese literary discourses

A comparative study of four novels by Shen Congwen and Chang Eileen

part X|60 pages

The diversity of Chinese discourse

chapter 38|13 pages

Studies in Cantonese discourse

Two examples

chapter 39|14 pages

An introduction to Taiwan Hakka

Focusing on its sounds, morph-syntax and social background

chapter 40|15 pages

The dynamics of Southern Min in Taiwan

From Southern Min dialects to “Taigi”

part XI|59 pages

The application of Chinese discourse analysis

chapter 43|12 pages

Critical cultural discourse analysis

A case study of Chinese official discourse on civil society