Title
'Mei nu, mei nu, tai gui le!' : to use or not to use Chinese language in Beijing's Silk Market 'Mei nu, mei nu, tai gui le!' : to use or not to use Chinese language in Beijing's Silk Market
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Translators and Interpreters
Publication type
article
Publication
Clevedon ,
Subject
Sociology
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Language and intercultural communication. - Clevedon, 2001, currens
Volume/pages
15(2015) :2 , p. 267-284
ISSN
1470-8477
ISI
000350110100007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article discusses the shopping experience of international language students theorized as an intercultural exchange and encounter in the Silk Street Market, Beijing. In this interaction the bargaining ritual constitutes the core activity. Students perform with varying degrees of success on this bargaining ritual, making use not only of their language knowledge of Chinese but also of their understanding of the language of the marketplace. The marketplace is conceived as a flexi-multilingual and multicultural setting, shaped by the users of the space including vendors and customers. The marketplace generates both misunderstandings and opportunities for students and vendors alike to get engaged in other cultures.
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