Clause structure and grounding in Chinese written narrative discourse
This study examines the grounding functions of eight basic clause types in Chinese written narrative. It demonstrates that variations in constituent order and clause structure are a major means to designate events versus states at the clause level and ultimately a device to encode foregrounding versus backgrounding distinction. While perfective clauses in the canonical SV(O) word order typically designate major events and are signposts of foregrounding, deviations from this prototype tend to be interpreted as stative predications in the background. Variations in constituent order and clause structure even override the verb form in indicating situation types and grounding functions.
Keywords: word order, narrative, grounding, clause structure, discourse grammar
Published online: 28 November 2014
Cheng, Lisa, and James C.-T. Huang
Hopper, Paul J.
Hopper, Paul, and Sandra Thompson
Huang, C.-T. James
Jones, Larry B., and Linda K. Jones
Klein, Wolfgang, Ping Li, and Henriette Hendriks
Labov, William, and Joshua Waletzky
Li, Charles, and Sandra A. Thompson
Forthcoming. “The Pragmatics of Existential-Presentative Constructions in Chinese: A Discourse-Based Study.”
Lu, John H.T.
Packard, Jerome L.
Peer, Willie van
Salaberry, Maximo Rafael
Tai, James H-Y.
Thompson, Sandra, and Paul Hopper
Tomlin, Russell S.
Traugott, Elizabeth Closs
Xiao, Richard, and Tony McEnery
Xiao, Richard, Tony McEnery, and Yufang Qian
Appendix. Sources of examples
Cited by 2 other publications
No author info given
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 23 september 2021. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.