LINGUIST List 16.628

Thu Mar 03 2005

Books: Disc Analysis/Applied Ling, Chinese: Li

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, The Topic Chain in Chinese: Li

Message 1: The Topic Chain in Chinese: Li

Date: 22-Feb-2005
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: The Topic Chain in Chinese: Li

Title: The Topic Chain in Chinese
Subtitle: A Discourse Analysis and Its Application in Teaching
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 57
Published: 2005
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Wendan Li, University of North Carolina
Paperback: ISBN: 3895863718 Pages: 239 Price: Europe EURO 66

Chinese is a discourse-oriented language. It has relatively few
morphological and syntactic rules, but more constructions and strategies at
the discourse level for the organization of text. The topic chain is such a
structure at the discourse level in which clauses are linked not by
conjunctions, but by coreferential relationships between overt topic noun
phrases and unspecified noun phrases in adjacent clauses. Since the topic
chain is used frequently in Chinese, the understanding of the structure is
important to the understanding of the language. This book analyzes the
structural characteristics of topic chains, their functions in discourse
organization and their commonly occurring patterns.

It demonstrates how the patterns are used either individually or in
combination to build up units of text at the discourse level. The analysis
also has its practical application in second language teaching. It is shown
in the second part of the book that the patterns of topic chains can be
used as a transitional measure to lead students' production from the clause
to the discourse level. The study is an attempt to investigate how
discourse patterns, structures and strategies can be effectively taught in
second language classrooms to reflect the discourse-oriented nature of the
Chinese language. It bridges the gap between linguistic analysis and
language pedagogy.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            General Linguistics
                            Applied Linguistics
                            Asian languages

Written In: English (ENG )

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