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A Discourse Grammar of Mandarin Chinese (Berkeley Models of Grammars)

Chauncey C. Chu

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ISBN 10: 0820438901 / ISBN 13: 9780820438900
Published by Peter Lang Publishing, 1998
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Title: A Discourse Grammar of Mandarin Chinese (...

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

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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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The Author: Chauncey C. Chu, Professor of Chinese and Linguistics at the University of Florida, has been engaged in research in functional syntax and discourse grammar for more than twenty years. His main publications include A Reference Grammar of Mandarin Chinese for English Speakers (Peter Lang, 1983), Historical Syntax: Theory and Application to Chinese (1987), and over sixty journal articles and book chapters published in the United States, Europe, Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

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