Nonverbal Affiliative Phenomena in Mandarin Chinese Conversation

Ping Yang (1)
(1) Department of International Communication , Macquarie University Australia, Australia


Based on naturally occurring audio-video data collected from university campus settings, this study has identified four nonverbal actions ¾ zhùshì "gaze", diantóu "head nods", wexiao "gentle smile" and shouchù " hand touch" employed by Mandarin Chinese speakers in their interpersonal communication. Detailed data analysis and discussion reveal how Mandarin Chinese speakers manage their affiliation and attachment nonverbally with the co-participants in conversations. Finally, the significance of the study is discussed.
Key Words: affiliation, Chinese communication, conversation analysis, nonverbal communication

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Ping Yang, Department of International Communication , Macquarie University Australia

Dr Ping Yang holds a Ph D in linguistics from Macquarie University. He was formerly an associate professor at the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He is currently teaching at Macquarie University Department of International Communication. His research interests are nonverbal communication, intercultural communication, intercultural pragmatics, gesture and emotion.

Yang, P. (2007). Nonverbal Affiliative Phenomena in Mandarin Chinese Conversation. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 7(3), 1–36.

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