A Discourse Grammar of Mandarin Chinese

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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.
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Feng-fu Tsao
"This book has something to say to linguists of all persuasions. For those who share the same conviction as the author and myself that Chinese is a discourse-oriented language where grammatical phenomena will have to go beyond sentence-level description for explanation, this book demonstrates an appropriate way of doing grammatical analysis in a language like Mandarin Chinese. Even for a formalist, Chu's grammar can be viewed as a revealing description, complementing what has been done in a more formal framework." --Feng-fu Tsao, Professor of Linguistics, Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Ying-chi Li
"Professor Chu has finally filled a void in the field with this work. This much-awaited book is the first extensive treatment of discourse and pragmatics in Chinese grammar presented to interested readers by him. It is a unique, significant, and much-welcomed scholarly contribution to Chinese linguistics." --Ying-che Li, Professor of Chinese, University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Between Grammar and Discourse 1
2 Verbal Affixes: Aspect and Discourse Function 35
3 Modality Adverbs in Discourse 88
4 Sentence-Final Particles 120
5 The Structure of Information 188
6 Subordination and Grounding Structure 218
7 Topicality, Prototype and the Chinese Topic 246
8 Anaphora in Discourse 282
9 Topic Chain and the Chinese SENTENCE 321
10 The Paragraph and Beyond 385
11 Conclusion 416
App. I The Chinese Script 423
App. II Language Data in Chinese Characters 426
Bibliography 457
Index 480
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