Cultural Differences in Chinese and American Address Forms

Yu Chen

Abstract


Address behavior is governed by politeness phenomenon which is culturally bound. This paper attempts to draw a cross-cultural comparison between Chinese and English address forms and, going beneath the surface, explore the cultural differences in value systems and their underlying philosophical sources. The study will help people develop a fuller understanding of the meanings of the address terms, and of the polite intention in social contacts so as to facilitate cross-cultural communication.

Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/ach.v2n2p82

Asian Culture and History   ISSN 1916-9655(Print)   ISSN 1916-9663 (Online)

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