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Title
'Mei nu, mei nu, tai gui le!' : to use or not to use Chinese language in Beijing's Silk Market
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Language and intercultural communication. - Clevedon, 2001, currens
Publication
Clevedon : 2015
ISSN
1470-8477 [Print]
1747-759X [Online]
Volume/pages
15:2(2015), p. 267-284
ISI
000350110100007
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 02.02.2015
Last edited 20.04.2017
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