Introduction to a thematic review: Pragmatics research in Chinese as a second language

Naoko Taguchi, Shuai Li

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations


As Chinese is quickly becoming the language for intercultural communication, rules and norms of interaction in Chinese - how to speak with the level of politeness and formality required in a situation, or to understand another person's intention communicated indirectly - are critical aspects of learning Chinese. Despite this growing interest in Chinese teaching and research, most studies have focused on formal aspects of Chinese competence (e.g., grammar and character knowledge), and little research has addressed pragmatic aspects of Chinese learning (Taguchi, 2015). To fill this gap, this thematic review presents four empirical studies on pragmatics in Chinese as a second language. Four studies deal with a variety of pragmatic features in Chinese (e.g., sentence final particles, formulaic expressions, request-making forms, mitigation strategies, stance markers) to illustrate how those features can inform us about L2 Chinese learners' pragmatic competence and development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalChinese as a Second Language Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese
  • Pragmatic competence
  • Second language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


Dive into the research topics of 'Introduction to a thematic review: Pragmatics research in Chinese as a second language'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this