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Title: Chinese intellectuals as represented in fictional dialogues 1980 to 2005
Author: Lai, Hui
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis explores the status of Chinese intellectuals from 1980 to 2005 and its diachronic change in this period as represented by dialogues between intellectuals and their leaders in fiction. June 1989 functions as a historical dividing line on which to base this diachronic study. In order to carry out the study, firstly, the direct speech of intellectuals and their leaders is extracted and compiled into corpora for a key key-words analysis. Secondly, a stylistic analysis is undertaken with the aim of conducting a more detailed qualitative investigation of the dialogues. Three dialogues in each of the two periods are selected for the stylistic analysis. The key key-words derived describe features of the speech of intellectuals, the speech of intellectuals as compared to the speech of leaders, and the speech of leaders as compared to that of intellectuals. The study shows that the key key-words indicating topics of the speech and the key key-words characterising the style of the speech represent the social identity of intellectuals. A comparison of these key key-words between the two periods uncovers the diachronic change in the status of intellectuals. The corpus approach is complemented by a stylistic analysis, which explores dialogues selected from different years to emphasise the diachronic change. A dual model is formulated to incorporate dialogue analysis into a larger structure of goal development analysis. The study shows how speakers use discursive strategies to manage relationships and have their situational goals achieved in interaction. Negotiation of goals invokes the institutional and social identities of speakers, bringing out their status. The research shows that the corpus. approach and the stylistic analysis can be combined to present a more comprehensive description of data. Hopefully it sheds some light on studies of post-Cultural Revolution Chinese intellectuals and on how quantitative and qualitative approaches merge in the investigation of interaction between superiors and subordinates.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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