Date: 06-Oct-2005 From: Lauren McGraw <Lauren.McGrawtaylorandfrancis.com> Subject: Chinese Discourse LE: van den Berg, Wu
Title: Chinese Discourse LE
Series Title: Curzon Asian Linguistics
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Author: Magnus van den Berg, University of Western Sydney
Author: Guo Wu, University of Western Sydney
Hardback: ISBN: 0700714618 Pages: 280 Price: U.S. $ 87.95
Ever since the start of Chinese linguistic studies, the description of the Chinese particle LE has remained elusive. The classification has evolved from a listing of sentences and the discussion of contrastive pairs to a more context and discourse-oriented analysis. The development in recent years of inferential models and situation semantics has opened the way for a renewed study of the use of the Chinese particle LE. The present book discusses the Chinese data from a 'mental space' perspective and brings out the role so-called Chinese 'sentence LE' plays in the construction and maintenance of discourse.