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Sun Apr 22 2007

Diss: Semantics/Syntax: Hengxing: 'An Alternative Perspective on Ps...'

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Message 1: An Alternative Perspective on Pseudo-clefts: Sphere Shifts in English
Date: 21-Apr-2007
From: HE Hengxing <hehxscnu.edu.cn>
Subject: An Alternative Perspective on Pseudo-clefts: Sphere Shifts in English


Institution: Sun Yat-sen University
Program: English Language and Literature
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2004

Author: HE Hengxing

Dissertation Title: An Alternative Perspective on Pseudo-clefts: Sphere Shifts in English

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Dissertation Director:
Huang Guowen

Dissertation Abstract:

This Ph.D. thesis is intended to review studies on pseudo-clefts to date
and propose for them a new term, i.e. 'sphere shift,' from a systemic
functional perspective and on a qualitative basis.

The dissertation first reveals some problems of the existing descriptions
of pseudo-clefts, and then offers: (1) a construal of experience through
meaning in which pseudo-clefts are interpreted as sphere shifts, the
product of FTGF (i.e. focus opting, text-restructuring, grammar locating
and function-enacting) packaging; (2) a metaphorical-congruent analysis
(MCA), where sphere shifts are simultaneously interpreted in terms of both
metaphorical and congruent structures so as to overcome a major drawback of
'one sentence analyzed as two' in most existing studies; (3) a discussion
of the peripheral features of sphere shifts, whose processes and
participants as revealed by MCA are in disguise in a number of facets; (4)
a taxonomy of the discourse functions of sphere shifts.





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