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The Global Intercultural Communication Reader, 2e, 2nd Edition by Jing Yin, Yoshitaka Miike, Molefi Kete Asante

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Language and Words

Communication in the Analects of Confucius

Hui-Ching Chang

In this chapter, Hui-Ching Chang critiques previous research on the impact of Confucianism on communication in East Asia for overemphasizing relational hierarchy and social harmony and for translating Confucian values into a set of well-defined rules that prescribe language behaviors for different relationships in different contexts. She engages in a close reading of the Analects in order to accurately gauge the Confucian view of language and words. Like Miike (Chapter 8), Chen (Chapter 18), Yin (Chapter 19), and Tu (Chapter 32) in the volume, Chang asserts that Confucian teaching is first and foremost concerned with ethics and morality. She specifies four Confucian ...

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