On Chinese Modal Particle A (): A Pragmatic and Semantic Study (Paperback)
  • On Chinese Modal Particle A (): A Pragmatic and Semantic Study (Paperback)

On Chinese Modal Particle A (): A Pragmatic and Semantic Study (Paperback)

,
£65.00
Paperback Published: 20/02/2013
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Check Marketplace availability

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.

Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
ISBN: 9783034311939

You may also be interested in...

Your review has been submitted successfully.

We would love to hear what you think of Waterstones. Why not review Waterstones on Trustpilot?


Review us on Trustpilot