A Discourse Grammar of Mandarin Chinese

A Discourse Grammar of Mandarin Chinese

by Chauncey Cheng-Hsi Chu
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820438901

ISBN-13: 9780820438900

Pub. Date: 08/01/1998

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

A Discourse Grammar of Mandarin Chinese focuses on the relationships between clauses in Mandarin Chinese in the functional framework. Underlying these relationships are notions like modality, presupposition, topicality, and information structure, encoded by such devices as conjunction, aspect, topic, «sentence»-particles and subordination.

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A Discourse Grammar of Mandarin Chinese focuses on the relationships between clauses in Mandarin Chinese in the functional framework. Underlying these relationships are notions like modality, presupposition, topicality, and information structure, encoded by such devices as conjunction, aspect, topic, «sentence»-particles and subordination. Chauncey Chu devotes a chapter to each of these devices, with a view to discovering their contribution to the coherent organization of Chinese discourse. These devices are finally integrated into a network, culminating in a proposal of «the discourse sentence» (represented by SENTENCE) to replace the syntactically and/or semantically defined «traditional» sentence. The organization of SENTENCES into paragraphs also is discussed in the framework of Rhetorical Structure Theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820438900
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Series:
Berkeley Models of Grammar Series
Pages:
484

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Table of Contents

1Introduction: Between Grammar and Discourse1
2Verbal Affixes: Aspect and Discourse Function35
3Modality Adverbs in Discourse88
4Sentence-Final Particles120
5The Structure of Information188
6Subordination and Grounding Structure218
7Topicality, Prototype and the Chinese Topic246
8Anaphora in Discourse282
9Topic Chain and the Chinese SENTENCE321
10The Paragraph and Beyond385
11Conclusion416
App. IThe Chinese Script423
App. IILanguage Data in Chinese Characters426
Bibliography457
Index480

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