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Title: On Chinese Modal Particle A
Subtitle: A Pragmatic and Semantic Study
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?431193
Description:

Chinese modal particles feature prominently in Chinese people’s daily use of the language, but their pragmatic and semantic functions are elusive as commonly recognised by Chinese linguists and teachers of Chinese as a foreign language. This book originates from an extensive and intensive empirical study of the Chinese modal particle a (), one of the most frequently used modal particles in Mandarin Chinese. In order to capture all the uses and the underlying meanings of the particle, the author transcribed the first 20 episodes, about 20 hours in length, of the popular Chinese TV drama series Kewang ‘Expectations’, which yielded a corpus data of more than 142’000 Chinese characters with a total of 1829 instances of the particle all used in meaningful communicative situations. Within its context of use, every single occurrence of the particle was analysed in terms of its pragmatic and semantic contributions to the hosting utterance. Upon this basis the core meanings were identified which were seen as constituting the modal nature of the particle.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Pragmatics
Semantics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034311939
Pages: 426
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