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Lecture

Sentence-final particles in Mandarin

  • Fang Hongmei (University of Amsterdam)
Date
Wednesday 22 May 2019
Time
Series
Chinese Linguistics in Leiden (CHILL)
Location
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room
1.03

Abstract

Mandarin is rich in sentence-final particles which, though not obligatory, have a high frequency of occurrence in daily conversation and are clustered in a rigid linear order. The permutations of an attested order, more often than not, result in ungrammaticality of the sentence. As compared to the many studies on the interpretation of individual particles in specific contexts, much less attention has been paid to the explanation of their highly restricted order. In this talk, based on corpus data and using the TMAEP framework in Functional Discourse Grammar (Hengeveld & Mackenzie 2008), I will discuss my corpus findings and offer an explanation for why sentence-final particles have to follow a rigid order when they co-occur.

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