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Journal Title: Chinese Language and Discourse
Volume/Issue:   3/2
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: 2012. iii, 158 pp.

Table of Contents

Articles

Intensifiers as stance markers: A corpus study on genre variations in Mandarin Chinese
Ni-Eng Lim and Huaqing Hong
129 – 166

A syntactic classification of the synchronic use of gěi in Beijing Mandarin: A spoken corpus-based case study of its polyfunctionality
Robert Sanders and Satoshi Uehara
167 – 199

Openings of Chinese telephone service encounters: A comparative analysis across time
Hao Sun
200 – 227

Mǎi dan or mái dan?: ‘I come to buy the bill not to bury it’
Andy Kirkpatrick and Heng SU
227 – 246

Constructing the ‘tellables’: An English–Chinese comparative study of question–word interrogatives in interviews of celebrities on talk shows
Xuehua Xiang
247 – 272

Book reviews

Pan, Yuling & Kádár, Dániel Z. 2011. Politeness in Historical and Contemporary Chinese.
Reviewed by Chun Lan
273 – 277

Tseng, Shu-Chuan ed. 2009. Linguistic patterns in spontaneous speech.
Reviewed by Phoebe M.S. Lin
278 – 283

Grace Qiao Zhang, Using Chinese Synonyms.
Reviewed by James E. Dew
284 – 286
Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
 
LL Issue: 24.308