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Where Centering Meets Chinese Discourse




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Genere:Libro
Lingua: Inglese
Editore:

Springer

Pubblicazione: 11/2020
Edizione: 1st ed. 2020





Trama

This book addresses the question: What can close discourse analysis contribute to the understanding of language? To do so, it presents a centering theory-based computational approach to discourse analysis concerning Chinese bei passive sentences, disposal ba constructions, ditransitive gei sentences, and locative fang sentences. The book first discusses the use of discourse analysis in the context of bei and ba constructions and then demonstrates how discourse analysis can contribute to the syntactic and semantic studies of these sentences. It also examines the various thematic roles differentiated in these four special sentence patterns, namely agent, recipient, theme/patient, and locative, and reveals the various degrees of discourse accessibility of these thematic roles. Exploring the correlation between centering theory and Chinese discourse, the book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in discourse analysis and Chinese special sentential structures, especially the formal approaches to these issues.




Sommario

List of tables
Abbreviations
Chapter 1. An introduction to the book
1.1. The scope and methodology
1.2. Main proposals
1.3. An overview of the book
Chapter 2. A refined Centering Theory
2.1. A brief introduction
2.2. Essential notions
2.2.1. Center
2.2.2. Utterance
2.2.3. Discourse segment
2.3. Basic constraints and rules
2.4. Some notorious problems
2.4.1. A unique Cb vs. Cb branching
§2.4.2. Realization
2.4.3. The role of Constraint 
2.4.4. Discourse coherence vs. semantic entity salience
2.5. Hu and Pan (2002) revisited
2.6. The application of Centering Theory in natural language processing
2.6.1. Anaphoric resolution—pronoun production vs. pronoun interpretation
2.6.2. Brennan, Friedman, and Pollard's (1987) approach
2.6.3. Strube’s (1998) approach
2.6.4. Tetreault’s (1999, 2001) approach
2.7. Interim summary
Chapter 3. A Centering analysis of discourse with Chinese bei passive
3.1. A general data presentation—discourse with Chinese bei passive
3.2. The contribution of bei utterance to discourse coherence
3.2.1. A scrutiny on each Cb transition state
3.2.2. The discourse function of bei utterances
3.2.3. A comparison with Givón’s (1983) tradition
3.3. A reflection of the syntactic analysis towards long vs. short bei passive
3.3.1. An introduction to the long vs. short passive debate
3.3.2. What can discourse analysis tell us about syntax?
3.4. Centering Theory revisited
3.5. Interim summary
Chapter 4. A centering analysis of Chinese disposal ba construction
4.1. A general data presentation
4.2. The contribution of ba utterance to discourse coherence
4.2.1. Combinations starting with CONTINUATION
4.2.2. Combinations starting with RETAIN
4.2.3. Combinations starting with SHIFT
4.2.4. Interim summary
4.3. Is ba construction antipassive?Antipassive in ergative languages—definition and features of antipassive
4.3.2. Functions of antipassive
4.3.3. Classification of antipassive
4.3.4. Antipassive vs. passive
4.3.5. Is ba construction antipassive?
4.4. Interim summary
4.4.1. A summary of the chapter
4.4.2. Some hints on Cf ranking of ba utterance
Chapter 5. Ranking of forward-looking centers in Chinese
5.1. The ranking of forward-looking centers in different languages
5.2. A proposal of Cf ranking in Chinese discourse
5.2.1. Rationale of the study
5.2.2. An overview of data
5.2.3. Ba utterance
5.2.4. Gei utterance
5.2.5. Fang utterance
5.2.6. Bei utterance
5.3. Interim summary
Chapter 6. The influence of temporality interpretation on discourse coherence
6.1. Modes of discourse
6.2. Time reference relation in temporal modes
6.3. How is temporal information conveyed in Chinese?
6.4. A comparison among narrative, report, and description
6.4.1. General data overview
6.4.2. A comparison among three temporal modes of discourse
6.5. Accounting for the difference
6.6. Interim summary
Chapter 7. Concluding remarks
7.1. Refinement to Centering Theory
7.2. Main findings and contributions
7.3. Further issues
Bibliography
Appendix I
Appendix II






Autore

Dr. Saina Wuyun received her doctoral degree in Linguistics from the City University of Hong Kong. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Chinese Language and Literature at Shaanxi Normal University and is currently researching in the field of formal discourse analysis and the syntax of archaic Chinese. She has published papers in journals such as Lingua, Language and Linguistics, and Chinese Language and Discourse. She is an executive member of the council for Associação de Caracteres Chineses de Macau.







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Altre Informazioni

ISBN:

9789811586651

Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 477 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:150 Illustrations, black and white
Pagine Arabe: 190
Pagine Romane: xii






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