Publication details [#61091]

Pascual, Esther and Mingjian Xiang. 2016. Debate with zhuangzi. Expository questions as fictive interaction blends in an old Chinese text. Pragmatics 26 (1) : 137–162.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
John Benjamins
Journal DOI


Expository questions used as discourse strategy in Zhuangzi (4th c. B.C.), a basic Daoist text, are treated as conversational monologues and intersubjectivity (cf. Verhagen, 2008) constructions, comprising a blend (Dancygier and Sweetser 2012) of writer, assumed readers’ and discourse characters’ perspectives.