Journal of
Languages and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Lang. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6540
  • DOI: 10.5897/JLC
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 123

Full Length Research Paper

Looking at Chinese parent-teenager conflict talks from the perspective of the rapport management theory

Yining Cao
  • Yining Cao
  • Department of Applied Linguistics, School of Foreign Language, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, China.
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Ping Wang
  • Ping Wang
  • Department of Language Teaching and Research, School of Foreign Language, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, China.
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  •  Received: 16 January 2020
  •  Accepted: 24 March 2020
  •  Published: 30 April 2020

Abstract

As a common but complex linguistic phenomenon, conflict talks (CTs) frequently occur in daily communications. This study aims to carry out analyses of parent-teenager CTs in two Chinese TV series A Love for Separation and Home with Kids to reveal the three steps of CTs. From the perspective of the rapport management theory, this study mainly centers on probing into the causes as well as the influence on harmonious interpersonal relations, and then tries to provide some measures to reduce parent-child CTs, to improve the ability of using language to build a harmonious family interrelationship. The major finding of the study lies in that when Chinese parents threaten their children’s face or limit their sociality rights, CTs would probably occur, and when they oversight or even attempt to challenge the rapport, CTs would be even escalated.

 

Key words: A Love for Separation, conflict talks, Home with Kids, parent-teenager, rapport management theory.