On Chinese Modal Particle A (&ltU21834>): A Pragmatic and Semantic Study

On Chinese Modal Particle A (<U21834>): A Pragmatic and Semantic Study

by Ying Xian Ingrid Wang


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On Chinese Modal Particle A (<U21834>): A Pragmatic and Semantic Study by Ying Xian Ingrid Wang

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 (啊), 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783034311939
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/20/2013
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 409
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ying Xian Wang, a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, obtained both her Masters in Educational Studies and PhD in Chinese Linguistics from the University of Queensland (Australia). She is currently a lecturer in Mandarin Chinese and the Mandarin Program Coordinator for degree students at the Queensland University of Technology (Australia). Her research interests are on Chinese modal particles and modal adverbs.

Table of Contents

Contents: Mandarin Chinese – Modality – Modal Particle(s) – Particle a with declaratives, imperatives, interrogatives and exclamatives – Particle a in sentence-internal positions – Volitive function – Exclamative function – Surprisive function.

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