Spatial Demonstratives in English and Chinese

Text and Cognition

| Beijing Foreign Studies University
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As a subject of universal appeal, spatial demonstratives have been studied extensively from a variety of disciplines. What marks the present study as distinct is that it is an English-Chinese comparative study set in a cognitive-linguistic framework and that the methodology features a parallel corpora-based, discourse analysis approach. The framework illuminates the nature of the demonstratives’ basic and extended meaning and use, the connections between them, and the mechanisms that govern and constrain their trends of extension. The corpora place the English and Chinese demonstratives in comparable discourse contexts and processes, providing an “ecological” environment for the observation of how their behavior fits into the respective structural and discourse systems of the two languages. The study also illuminates important issues such as the subjectivity of language, language as a representational system and a vehicle of communication, the interface between form and function, and the role of context in discourse comprehension.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 126]  2004.  xviii, 236 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
ix
Introduction
xi
Acknowledgements
xiii
List of tables
xv
The figure
xvi
Conventions and abbreviations
xvii
1. Introduction
1
2. The nature of the spatial demonstratives
27
3. Spatial demonstratives in real space
59
4. Spatial demonstratives in displaced contexts: Similar trends of extension
77
5. Spatial demonstratives in displaced contexts: Structural constraints on the similar trends of extension
141
Concluding remarks
201
Notes
205
References
211
Appendix
225
Index
229
“Wu's Spatial Demonstratives in English and Chinese is one of the few book-length studies on the topic and a particularly careful one which is empirically rich and theoretically innovative. [...] In addition to micro level discussions of emperical language use, this book makes both theoretical and methodological contributions to our understanding of spatial demonstratives and will have its due impact on similar contrastive studies of linguistic issues.”
“Nicely organized and meticulously researched, Wu's book offers valuable and interesting data regarding the uses of spatial demonstratives in both English and Mandarin to a wide set of linguistic audiences.”
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