Illocutionary Acts of Requesting and Inviting
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The speech acts of requesting and inviting have enjoyed differing degrees of attention from students of Chinese pragmatics. Findings about them offer a representative landscape of speech act research in Chinese, particularly in relation to linguistic politeness. It will be demonstrated in this article that studies on requests have provided a useful opportunity to explore negative politeness whereas studies on invitations have been …

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Rong CHEN, “Illocutionary Acts of Requesting and Inviting”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 20 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015

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