Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese II

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese II

This volume introduces the functional words in modern Chinese grammar, which include prepositions, conjunctions, auxiliary verbs, onomatopoeia, and interjections.

Author: Liu Yuehua

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000200157

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 214

View: 487

Chinese grammar is characterized by its simple structure, lack of inflections, and wide use of monosyllabic morphemes. With the increasing popularity of learning Chinese as a second language, there is a demand for a guide to Chinese grammar that's targeted at second language learners. This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works on Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language. Utilizing their rich teaching experience, the authors analyze a myriad of authentic examples to describe the Chinese grammatical phenomenon and rules. This volume introduces the functional words in modern Chinese grammar, which include prepositions, conjunctions, auxiliary verbs, onomatopoeia, and interjections. Since the first edition came out in 1983, this set has been revised twice and remained one of the best sellers in this topic. Practitioners and scholars of teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as students with a basic knowledge of Chinese, will find it a handy reference.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese II

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese II

This volume introduces the functional words in modern Chinese grammar, which include prepositions, conjunctions, auxiliary verbs, onomatopoeia, and interjections.

Author: Liu Yuehua

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000200171

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 214

View: 857

Chinese grammar is characterized by its simple structure, lack of inflections, and wide use of monosyllabic morphemes. With the increasing popularity of learning Chinese as a second language, there is a demand for a guide to Chinese grammar that's targeted at second language learners. This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works on Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language. Utilizing their rich teaching experience, the authors analyze a myriad of authentic examples to describe the Chinese grammatical phenomenon and rules. This volume introduces the functional words in modern Chinese grammar, which include prepositions, conjunctions, auxiliary verbs, onomatopoeia, and interjections. Since the first edition came out in 1983, this set has been revised twice and remained one of the best sellers in this topic. Practitioners and scholars of teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as students with a basic knowledge of Chinese, will find it a handy reference.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese IV

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese IV

This volume introduces several simple sentence and compound sentence structures of modern Chinese grammar. In addition, the authors examine discourse and other larger units of sentences in use.

Author: Liu Yuehua

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000200294

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 292

View: 263

Chinese grammar is characterized by its simple structure, lack of inflections, and wide use of monosyllabic morphemes. With the increased popularity of learning Chinese as a second language, there is a demand for a guide to Chinese grammar that's targeted at second language learners. This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works of Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language. Drawing on rich teaching experience, the authors analyze a myriad of real-world examples to describe Chinese grammatical phenomena and rules while introducing the general grammar system of Chinese. This volume introduces several simple sentence and compound sentence structures of modern Chinese grammar. In addition, the authors examine discourse and other larger units of sentences in use. Since the first edition came out in 1983, this set has been revised twice and remained one of the best sellers in the field. Practitioners and scholars of teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as students with a basic knowledge of Chinese, will find it to be a handy reference.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese I

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese I

... Grammar of Chinese II Reference and Grammatical Category Zhang Bojiang and Fang Mei Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese I Overview and Notional Words Liu Yuehua, Pan Wenyu, and Gu Wei Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese II Function ...

Author: Liu Yuehua

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000198645

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 363

Chinese grammar is characterized by its simple structure, lack of inflections, and wide use of monosyllabic morphemes. With the increased popularity of learning Chinese as a second language, there is a demand for a guide to Chinese grammar that's targeted at second language learners. This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works of Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language. Drawing on rich teaching experience, the authors analyze a myriad of real-world examples to describe Chinese grammatical phenomena and rules while introducing the general grammar system of Chinese. In addition, the use of notional words in modern Chinese grammar is demonstrated, including nouns, pronouns, numerals, quantifiers, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Since the first edition came out in 1983, this set has been revised twice and has remained one of the best sellers in the field. Practitioners and scholars of teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as students with a basic knowledge of Chinese, will find it to be a handy reference.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese III

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese III

... Grammar of Chinese II Reference and Grammatical Category Zhang Bojiang and Fang Mei Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese I Overview and Notional Words Liu Yuehua, Pan Wenyu, and Gu Wei Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese II Function ...

Author: Liu Yuehua

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000200201

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

View: 692

Chinese grammar is characterized by its simple structure, lack of inflections, and wide use of monosyllabic morphemes. With the increased popularity of learning Chinese as a second language, there is a demand for a guide to Chinese grammar that's targeted at second language learners. This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works of Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language. Drawing on rich teaching experience, the authors analyze a myriad of real world examples to describe Chinese grammatical phenomena and rules while introducing the general grammar system of Chinese. This volume introduces sentence constituents in modern Chinese grammar, including subjects, objects, attributes, adverbials, complements, double references, and parentheses. Since the first edition came out in 1983, this set has been revised twice and remained one of the best sellers in the field. Practitioners and scholars of teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as students with a basic knowledge of Chinese, will find it to be a handy reference.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese I

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese I

This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works of Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language.

Author: Liu Yuehua

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000198560

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 555

Chinese grammar is characterized by its simple structure, lack of inflections, and wide use of monosyllabic morphemes. With the increased popularity of learning Chinese as a second language, there is a demand for a guide to Chinese grammar that's targeted at second language learners. This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works of Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language. Drawing on rich teaching experience, the authors analyze a myriad of real-world examples to describe Chinese grammatical phenomena and rules while introducing the general grammar system of Chinese. In addition, the use of notional words in modern Chinese grammar is demonstrated, including nouns, pronouns, numerals, quantifiers, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Since the first edition came out in 1983, this set has been revised twice and has remained one of the best sellers in the field. Practitioners and scholars of teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as students with a basic knowledge of Chinese, will find it to be a handy reference.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese III

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese III

This volume introduces sentence constituents in modern Chinese grammar, including subjects, objects, attributes, adverbials, complements, double references, and parentheses.

Author: Liu Yuehua

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000200188

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

View: 599

Chinese grammar is characterized by its simple structure, lack of inflections, and wide use of monosyllabic morphemes. With the increased popularity of learning Chinese as a second language, there is a demand for a guide to Chinese grammar that's targeted at second language learners. This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works of Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language. Drawing on rich teaching experience, the authors analyze a myriad of real world examples to describe Chinese grammatical phenomena and rules while introducing the general grammar system of Chinese. This volume introduces sentence constituents in modern Chinese grammar, including subjects, objects, attributes, adverbials, complements, double references, and parentheses. Since the first edition came out in 1983, this set has been revised twice and remained one of the best sellers in the field. Practitioners and scholars of teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as students with a basic knowledge of Chinese, will find it to be a handy reference.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar

This is the ideal reference grammar for learners of Mandarin Chinese at all levels, from elementary to advanced. No prior knowledge of grammatical terminology is assumed and a glossary of grammatical terms is provided.

Author: Claudia Ross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317805441

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 404

View: 616

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar provides an innovative reference guide to Mandarin Chinese, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume. The Grammar is divided into two parts. Part A covers traditional grammatical categories such as phrase order, nouns, verbs and specifiers. Part B is carefully organized around language functions and notions such as: Communication strategies Making comparisons Giving and seeking information Expressing apologies, regrets and sympathies The two parts of the Grammar are closely linked by extensive cross-references, providing a grammatical and functional perspective on many patterns. All grammar points and functions are richly illustrated with examples, with a strong focus on contemporary usage. Main features of the grammar include: Examples given in simplified characters, traditional characters and romanization (pinyin) Clear explanations and accessible descriptions Particular attention to areas of particular difficulty for learners of Mandarin Chinese Implementing feedback from users of the first edition of the Grammar, this second edition has been revised throughout to offer expanded explanations, examples, cross-referencing, and indexing and brand new chapters on aspect, resultative verbs, directional verbs and "ba" sentences. This is the ideal reference grammar for learners of Mandarin Chinese at all levels, from elementary to advanced. No prior knowledge of grammatical terminology is assumed and a glossary of grammatical terms is provided. This Grammar is accompanied by the Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar Workbook (978-0-415-83488-9; available for separate purchase) which features related exercises and activities.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese IV

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese IV

This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works of Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language.

Author: Liu Yuehua

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 100309726X

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 286

View: 294

Chinese grammar is characterized by its simple structure, lack of inflections, and wide use of monosyllabic morphemes. With the increased popularity of learning Chinese as a second language, there is a demand for a guide to Chinese grammar that's targeted at second language learners. This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works of Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language. Drawing on rich teaching experience, the authors analyze a myriad of real-world examples to describe Chinese grammatical phenomena and rules while introducing the general grammar system of Chinese. This volume introduces several simple sentence and compound sentence structures of modern Chinese grammar. In addition, the authors examine discourse and other larger units of sentences in use. Since the first edition came out in 1983, this set has been revised twice and remained one of the best sellers in the field. Practitioners and scholars of teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as students with a basic knowledge of Chinese, will find it to be a handy reference.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Research on Functional Grammar of Chinese II

Research on Functional Grammar of Chinese II

A practical grammar of modern Chinese ( FRARE » ) . Beijing : Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press . Longacre , R.E. ( 1985 ) . Sentences as combinations of clauses . In Shopen , T. ( Ed . ) , Language typology and syntactic ...

Author: Bojiang Zhang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000707335

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 202

View: 366

The functional perspective on Chinese syntax has yielded various new achievements since its introduction to Chinese linguistics in the 1980s. This two-volume book is one of the earliest and most influential works to study the Chinese language using functional grammar. With local Beijing vernacular (Pekingese) as a basis, the information structure and focus structure of the Chinese language are systematically examined. By using written works and recordings from Beijingers, the authors discuss topics such as the relationship between word order and focus, and the distinction between normal focus and contrastive focus. In addition, the authors also subject the reference and grammatical categories of the Chinese language to a functional scrutiny while discussion of word classes and their functions creatively combines modern linguistic theories and traditional Chinese linguistic theories. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese linguistics and linguistics in general.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Loanwords in the Chinese Language

Loanwords in the Chinese Language

Titles in this series currently include: Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese I Overview and Notional Words Liu ... Grammar of Modern Chinese II Function Words Liu Yuehua, Pan Wenyu and Gu Wei Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese III ...

Author: Shi Youwei

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000293531

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 268

View: 519

A loanword, or wailaici, is a word with similar meaning and phonetic form to a word from a foreign language that has been naturalized in the recipient language. From ancient times, cultural exchanges between China and other countries has brought and integrated a myriad of loanwords to the Chinese language. Approaching the topic from a diachronic perspective, this volume is the first book-length work to chart the developmental trajectory, features, functions, and categories of loanwords into Chinese. Beginning with a general introduction to the Chinese loanword system, the author delves deeper to explore trends and standardization in Chinese loanword studies and the research landscape of contemporary loanword studies more generally. Combining theoretical reflections with real-life examples of Chinese loanwords, the author discusses not only long-established examples from the dictionary but also a great number of significant loanwords adopted in the 21st century. The author shows how the complexity of the Chinese loanword system is intertwined with the intricacies of the Chinese character system. This title will be an essential reference for students, scholars, and general readers who are interested in Chinese loanwords, linguistics, and language and culture.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Language

Language

Titles in this series currently include: Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese I Overview and Notional Words Liu ... Grammar of Modern Chinese II Function Words Liu Yuehua, Pan Wenyu and Gu Wei Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese III ...

Author: Guanlian Qian

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000335798

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 346

View: 635

Heidegger characterizes the relationship between language and Being as "language is the house of Being", negating the idea that language is merely a tool ready to be used at hand. Drawing on this idea, as well as ideas from anthropology, pragmatics, and folklore studies, the author argues that "language is the last homestead of human beings", meaning that mankind lives within language, has to live within language, and lives in formulaic speech events. The author takes Western classic works on the philosophy of language and his own insights of language use, rooted in traditional Chinese culture, in order to develop his own localized theory. In this title, the author explores the philosophical aspect of man’s survival by presenting day-to-day exchange routines such as weddings and fortune-telling dialogues in the Chinese context. Awarded the first prize for Academic Excellence in Philosophy and Social Sciences in Guangdong Province, and second prize in the second Xu Guozhang Award for Foreign Language Studies, this is a must-read for researchers interested in philosophy of language and pragmatics.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

First Step

First Step

The companion workbook for First Step is sold separately and includes comprehensive exercises and character writing sheets with information on the stroke orders of newly introduced characters.

Author: Chih-p'ing Chou

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400850495

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 368

View: 115

First Step is an elementary Chinese textbook for students with no previous background in the language. Focusing on the basics of modern Chinese phonetics and grammatical structure, the book uses everyday topics to help students establish a solid foundation in the Chinese language. The textbook, which includes color illustrations, contains thirty lessons, each of which can be covered in a week's worth of classes. Each lesson features a lively dialogue or a short essay, representing a real-life situation, which is then followed by vocabulary lists and grammar notes. Explanatory notes on Chinese culture and customs are also provided. The companion workbook for First Step is sold separately and includes comprehensive exercises and character writing sheets with information on the stroke orders of newly introduced characters. Free online audio files, accessible on smartphones, tablets, and laptops, allow students to listen to First Step dialogues and practice their pronunciation at their leisure. This vital audio supplement gives students the chance to learn Chinese intonation with greater accuracy. First Step provides students with the necessary tools to begin practical daily communication in Chinese. Emphasis is on basic grammar structure and principles Textbook features both traditional and simplified characters, pinyin, and English translation Perforated workbook (which is sold separately) facilitates easy handling of homework Free audio recordings of dialogues and other content available online Appropriate for college and high school students
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Practical Chinese Usage

Practical Chinese Usage

Journal of Languages within China and Linguistics, 2, pp. 615–640. Feng, Shengli. 1996. ... Trinitarian grammar in teaching and learning Chinese. ... Shiyong Xiandai Hanyu Yufa - A Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese.

Author: Emma L. Wu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429668685

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 296

View: 264

Practical Chinese Usage offers post-beginner to near advanced students of Chinese a guide to the most frequently misused and confusing words in the language. Entries are arranged in alphabetical order for ease of reference. Sample sentences with pinyin and English translations are provided after each explanation. Examples of typical mistakes made by students are clearly marked throughou. Each entry is annotated in accordance with the New HSK guidelines, indicating the level of difficulty. Practical Chinese Usage provides students of Chinese with the necessary tools to refine their use of expressions and synonyms in order to communicate effectively in the Chinese language.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

A Research on Functional Grammar of Chinese

A Research on Functional Grammar of Chinese

2 , 81–89 . Liu , Shiru ( KJ17 ) . ( 1959a ) . On the origin of Chinese verbal classifiers ( Xizli V ) . Studies of the Chinese ... Grammatical meaning of suffix le in modern Chinese (现代汉语词尾“了”的语法意义) . Studies of the Chinese ...

Author: Bojiang Zhang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000026375

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 452

View: 716

The functional perspective on Chinese syntax has yielded various new achievements since its introduction to Chinese linguistics in the 1980s. This two-volume book is one of the earliest and most influential works to study the Chinese language using functional grammar. With local Beijing vernacular (Pekingese) as a basis, the information structure and focus structure of the Chinese language are systematically examined. By using written works and recordings from Beijingers, the authors discuss topics such as the relationship between word order and focus, and the distinction between normal focus and contrastive focus. In addition, the authors also subject the reference and grammatical categories of the Chinese language to a functional scrutiny while discussion of word classes and their functions creatively combines modern linguistic theories and traditional Chinese linguistic theories. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese linguistics and linguistics in general.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese IV

Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese IV

This volume introduces several simple sentence and compound sentence structures in modern Chinese grammar, as well as discourse and other larger units of sentences in use.

Author: Liu Yuehua

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0367563142

Category:

Page: 312

View: 944

Chinese grammar is characterized by its simple structure, lack of inflections, and wide use of monosyllabic morphemes. With the increased popularity of learning Chinese as a second language, there is a demand for a guide to Chinese grammar targeted at second language learners. This four-volume set is one of the earliest and most influential works of Chinese grammar, with a special focus on teaching and learning Chinese as a second language. Drawing on rich teaching experience, the authors analyze a myriad of real world examples to describe Chinese grammatical phenomenon and rules while introducing the general grammar system of Chinese. This volume introduces several simple sentence and compound sentence structures of modern Chinese grammar. In addition, the authors examine discourse and other larger units of sentences in use. Since the first edition came out in 1983, this set has been revised twice and remained one of the best sellers in the field. Practitioners and scholars of teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as students with a basic knowledge of Chinese, will find it to be a handy reference.
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Hybridity in Translated Chinese

Hybridity in Translated Chinese

A grammar of Mandarin Chinese: Languages of the world/materials. ... 汉语是一种动词型语言——试说动词型语言和名词型语言的类型差异. hh世界汉语教学ii, 24(1), 3–17.] L€u, S. 1982. ... Modern Mandarin Chinese grammar: A practical guide.

Author: Guangrong Dai

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789811007422

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 233

View: 444

This book investigates the characteristics of hybridity in Chinese texts that have been translated from English. It also explores the potential impact of translation and hybridity on written Chinese over the past 70 years. It suggests that English-Chinese translations have introduced more and more hybrid structures into Chinese. This book can help us with understanding language change and development, and it can also shed new light on the translation process and help identify translation norms.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar

This is the ideal reference grammar for learners of Mandarin Chinese at all levels, from elementary to advanced. No prior knowledge of grammatical terminology is assumed and a glossary of grammatical terms is provided.

Author: Claudia Ross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317805434

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 404

View: 857

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar provides an innovative reference guide to Mandarin Chinese, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume. The Grammar is divided into two parts. Part A covers traditional grammatical categories such as phrase order, nouns, verbs and specifiers. Part B is carefully organized around language functions and notions such as: Communication strategies Making comparisons Giving and seeking information Expressing apologies, regrets and sympathies The two parts of the Grammar are closely linked by extensive cross-references, providing a grammatical and functional perspective on many patterns. All grammar points and functions are richly illustrated with examples, with a strong focus on contemporary usage. Main features of the grammar include: Examples given in simplified characters, traditional characters and romanization (pinyin) Clear explanations and accessible descriptions Particular attention to areas of particular difficulty for learners of Mandarin Chinese Implementing feedback from users of the first edition of the Grammar, this second edition has been revised throughout to offer expanded explanations, examples, cross-referencing, and indexing and brand new chapters on aspect, resultative verbs, directional verbs and "ba" sentences. This is the ideal reference grammar for learners of Mandarin Chinese at all levels, from elementary to advanced. No prior knowledge of grammatical terminology is assumed and a glossary of grammatical terms is provided. This Grammar is accompanied by the Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar Workbook (978-0-415-83488-9; available for separate purchase) which features related exercises and activities.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Aspect in Mandarin Chinese

Aspect in Mandarin Chinese

ShiyongXiandai Hanyu Yufa (A Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese). Beijing: Foreign Language Education and Research ... Zhongguo Wenfa Yaolue (Essentials of Chinese Grammar). ... CLS (Chicago Linguistics Society) 22 (Part 2). 217—230.

Author: Richard Xiao

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027295019

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 305

View: 798

Chinese, as an aspect language, has played an important role in the development of aspect theory. This book is a systematic and structured exploration of the linguistic devices that Mandarin Chinese employs to express aspectual meanings. The work presented here is the first corpus-based account of aspect in Chinese, encompassing both situation aspect and viewpoint aspect. In using corpus data, the book seeks to achieve a marriage between theory-driven and corpus-based approaches to linguistics. The corpus-based model presented explores aspect at both the semantic and grammatical levels. At the semantic level a two-level model of situation aspect is proposed, which covers both the lexical and sentential levels, thus giving a better account of the compositional nature of situation aspect. At the grammatical level four perfective and four imperfective aspects in Chinese are explored in detail. This exploration corrects many intuition-based misconceptions, and associated misleading conclusions, about aspect in Chinese common in the literature.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Spatial Demonstratives in English and Chinese

Spatial Demonstratives in English and Chinese

Liu , Yueh - hua , Pan , Wenyu and Gu , Wei 1983 Shiyong Xiandai Hanyu Yufa ( A Practical Grammar of Modern Chinese ) . Beijing : Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press . 2001 Shiyong Xiandai Hanyu Yufa ( Zengding Ben ) ( A ...

Author: Yián Wu

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027253692

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 234

View: 558

As a subject of universal appeal, spatial demonstratives have been studied extensively from a variety of disciplines. What marks the present study as distinct is that it is an English-Chinese comparative study set in a cognitive-linguistic framework and that the methodology features a parallel corpora-based, discourse analysis approach. The framework illuminates the nature of the demonstratives basic and extended meaning and use, the connections between them, and the mechanisms that govern and constrain their trends of extension. The corpora place the English and Chinese demonstratives in comparable discourse contexts and processes, providing an ecological environment for the observation of how their behavior fits into the respective structural and discourse systems of the two languages. The study also illuminates important issues such as the subjectivity of language, language as a representational system and a vehicle of communication, the interface between form and function, and the role of context in discourse comprehension.
Categories: Foreign Language Study