Current Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse
Global context and diverse perspectives
This volume features a discourse empirical orientation from diverse perspectives and various methodologies, in which narratives, interviews, surveys, and large-scale databases or self-created written and spoken corpora are employed and analyzed to gain a better understanding of new developments and changes in Chinese language and discourse. Authors employ updated approaches from a variety of fields, including applied linguistics, functional linguistics, corpus linguistics and sociolinguistics, to describe the structure of Chinese language and discourse and to examine its critical issues, many focusing on globalization-induced language developments and changes. With an empirically-based discourse/socio-cultural approach, this collection makes valuable contributions to research on Chinese language and discourse and serves as a sound reference for Chinese researchers and educators in diverse fields such as Chinese language and discourse, Chinese linguistics and language education, Chinese multiculturalism, and more.
[Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse, 10] 2019. xi, 298 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Contributors | pp. viii–xi
Chapter 1. Chinese discourse from diverse perspectives: An introductionYun Xiao and Linda Tsung | pp. 2–4
Chapter 2. New words in contemporary Chinese language use: Linguistic features and formation processesYun Xiao | pp. 6–25
Chapter 3. Usage based language change and exemplar representations in Beijing Mandarin ChineseLiang Tao | pp. 28–56
Chapter 4. Contextual variations of internal and external modifications in Chinese requests: Effects of power and impositionShuai Li | pp. 58–79
Chapter 5. Some interactional functions of Yinwei-clauses in Mandarin Chinese conversationXiaoting Li and Jie Luo | pp. 82–103
Chapter 6. Preliminaries to delicate matters: Some functions of “I say to you” sequences in Mandarin Chinese conversationsNi-Eng Lim | pp. 106–136
Chapter 7. Chinese near-synonyms jian (建), zao (造), gai (蓋) ‘to build’ revisitedChenhsuan Huang | pp. 138–153
Chapter 8. Constraints on the collocational behaviors of Chinese near-synonyms: A corpus-based analysisJia Yang | pp. 156–176
Chapter 9. Genericity and sentences with an AP state complement in Mandarin ChineseFei Ren | pp. 178–197
Chapter 10. Kinship metaphors in the Chinese construction A shi B zhi fu/mu : Biology and culture as conceptual basisLin Zhu | pp. 200–219
Chapter 11. The classification of Chinese time expressions from Systemic Functional Linguistics PerspectivesLinda Tsung and Lubei Zhang | pp. 222–243
Chapter 12. Being a Kam in China: Ethnic identity in narrativesWei Wang, Lisong Jiang and Meishu He | pp. 246–263
Chapter 13. Specialised corpora for Chinese language education in SingaporeHock Huan Goh, Jinzhan Lin and Chunsheng Zhao | pp. 266–295
“This book is praiseworthy for many aspects. To begin with, the clear and logical layout of the 13 chapters, the insightful revelation with solid-data evidence, and a wide range of authentic spoken and written corpora secure this book to be a resourceful reference for language researchers and educators. Also, for readers without much previous knowledge in the study of language and discourse, the systematic theoretical and methodological framework of this book tend to be reader friendly and horizon broadening. Moreover, readers are provided with an opportunity to perceive key linguistic issues in the context of globalization. Scholars will be synchronized with significant linguistic research focus and inclination.”
Chao Lu, University of Science and Technology Beijing, in International Journal of Communication (IJoC) 14 (2020).
“By showcasing the latest studies in Chinese language and discourse, this volume is a valuable asset to researchers in Chinese discourse and practitioners in language education.”
Ruihua Zhao, Sun Yat-sen University, in Language in Society 49:1 (2020)
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BIC Subject: CF/2GDC – Linguistics/Chinese
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics