Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Education, Management Science and Economics

A Relevance-Theoretic Study of Offensive Utterance in Film Dialogues

Authors
Yang Yu
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Yang Yu
Available Online December 2016.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icemse-16.2016.61How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Film dialogues, offensive utterance, generating mechanism, responding strategy
Abstract
The present study probes into the nature of offensive utterance in film dialogues in terms of its generating mechanism and responding strategy. Methodologically, the study adopts the way of qualitative analysis and description of the data which are mainly extracted from classic film dialogues of China and the United States. Under the guidance of Sperber & Wilson's relevance theory, this study generalizes the generating mechanism--- loss of ostension in the speaker's utterance and different cognitive environments between speaker and hearer; two major responding strategies ---conflicting response and moderating response. The research may be significant in providing guidelines for people on how to avoid offensive utterances to communicate smoothly. Besides, the screenwriters can be inspired to create more classic dialogues and thus to better achieve the communicative function of the film.
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Proceedings
2016 International Conference on Education, Management Science and Economics
Part of series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
December 2016
ISBN
978-94-6252-275-6
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icemse-16.2016.61How to use a DOI?
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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