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Focus manifestation in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese : a comparative perspective

Author: Peppina Po-lun Lee
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Series: Routledge studies in Chinese linguistics.
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"One prominent function of natural language is to convey information, and one peculiarity is that it does not do so randomly, but in a structured way, with information structuring formally recognized to be a component of grammar. Among all information structuring notions, focus is one primitive needed to account for all phenomena. Focus Manifestation in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese: A Comparative Perspective aims  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Lee, Peppina Po-lun, author.
Focus manifestation in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2018058061
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peppina Po-lun Lee
ISBN: 9781351339674 1351339672 9781351339650 1351339656 9781351339667 1351339664 9780203705223 020370522X
OCLC Number: 1083184151
Description: 1 online resource (x, 253 pages).
Contents: Theoretical background --
Additive focus particles --
Restrictive focus particles --
Distribution of additives and restrictives in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese --
Conclusions. Theoretical consequences and implications.
Series Title: Routledge studies in Chinese linguistics.
Responsibility: Peppina Po-lun Lee.

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"One prominent function of natural language is to convey information, and one peculiarity is that it does not do so randomly, but in a structured way, with information structuring formally recognized to be a component of grammar. Among all information structuring notions, focus is one primitive needed to account for all phenomena. Focus Manifestation in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese: A Comparative Perspective aims to examine from a semantic perspective how syntactic structures and focus adverbs in Mandarin Chinese and semantic particles in Cantonese, with particular focus given to co-occurrence of adverbs, verbal suffixes and sentence-final particles, conspire to encode focus structures and determine focus manifestation in Chinese"--

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