Elastic Language in Persuasion and Comforting

A Cross-Cultural Perspective

  • Grace Zhang
  • Vahid Parvaresh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Grace Zhang, Vahid Parvaresh
    Pages 1-9
  3. Grace Zhang, Vahid Parvaresh
    Pages 11-60
  4. Grace Zhang, Vahid Parvaresh
    Pages 61-82
  5. Grace Zhang, Vahid Parvaresh
    Pages 83-161
  6. Grace Zhang, Vahid Parvaresh
    Pages 163-229
  7. Grace Zhang, Vahid Parvaresh
    Pages 231-257
  8. Grace Zhang, Vahid Parvaresh
    Pages 259-271
  9. Grace Zhang, Vahid Parvaresh
    Pages 273-279
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 281-297

About this book


This innovative book examines, from a cross-cultural perspective, the elasticity of language in the popular talent show The Voice. The study discusses how and why elastic language is used in persuasion and comforting. The comparisons made throughout the book between Chinese and English highlight the important role elastic language plays in effective interactions and strategic communication. The insights and resources provided in this book are expected to advance our knowledge in the fields of contrastive pragmatics and cross-cultural communication. The study emphasises the need to give the elastic use of language the attention it deserves, and reveals how language is non-discrete and strategically stretchable. This book will be of interest to academics and postgraduate students engaged in elastic/vague language studies, cross-cultural pragmatics, media linguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and communication studies. It will also be useful for educationalists involved in language teaching, cross-cultural education and professional communication training, as well as those who have a general interest in language and communication.


Pragmatics Pragma-linguistic analysis Language stretching Lexical patterns The Voice Language variances Cross-cultural communication

Authors and affiliations

  • Grace Zhang
    • 1
  • Vahid Parvaresh
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationCurtin UniversityBentleyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Humanities and Social SciencesAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK

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