The Mandarin Chinese Ba-constructioneBook - 2005
Language is a symbolic system of meanings evoked by linguistic forms. The choice of forms in communication is non-arbitrary. Rather, speakers pick those forms whose meanings best convey their discourse intention. The meaning of the Mandarin ba-construction, argues Jing-Schmidt, is discourse dramaticity, a concept that includes high conceptual salience and subjectivity. The ba-construction and its "syntactic variations" are never interchangeable because contrast in their meanings determines difference in their functions. Quantitative analyses based on authentic data validate the postulation of.
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : J. Benjamins Pub. Co., Ă2005
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxii, 337 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Mandarin Chinese ba-construction