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On Chinese Modal Particle A (啊)

A Pragmatic and Semantic Study

Ying Xian Ingrid Wang

Chinese modal particles feature prominently in Chinese people’s daily use of the language, but their pragmatic and semantic functions are elusive as commonly recognised by Chinese linguists and teachers of Chinese as a foreign language. This book originates from an extensive and intensive empirical study of the Chinese modal particle a (啊), one of the most frequently used modal particles in Mandarin Chinese. In order to capture all the uses and the underlying meanings of the particle, the author transcribed the first 20 episodes, about 20 hours in length, of the popular Chinese TV drama series Kewang ‘Expectations’, which yielded a corpus data of more than 142’000 Chinese characters with a total of 1829 instances of the particle all used in meaningful communicative situations. Within its context of use, every single occurrence of the particle was analysed in terms of its pragmatic and semantic contributions to the hosting utterance. Upon this basis the core meanings were identified which were seen as constituting the modal nature of the particle.

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Abbreviations for Titles of Textbooks and Dictionaries for Learners of Mandarin Chinese xvii

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xvii Abbreviations for Titles of Textbooks and Dictionaries for Learners of Mandarin Chinese CFT Chinese For Today (textbook for teaching Chinese as a foreign language), 1998. See References under the entry: Beijing Lan- guages Institute. HXDC Hanying Xiyu Da Cidian (A Complete Dictionary of Chinese Idioms with English Translations), 1991. See References under the entry: Zhang, Xueying. HYDC Hanying Da Cidian (Chinese-English Dictionary), 1993. See References under the enry: Wu, Guanghua et al. MCBC Modern Chinese Beginner’s Course: Books 1 & 2: (textbook series), [1986] 1994. See References under the enry: Beiyu Sanxi. PCGF A Practical Chinese Grammar for Foreigners (reference book), 1988. See References under the entry: Li, Dejin & Cheng, Meizhen. PCR Practical Chinese Reader: Book 1 & Book 2 (textbook series), 1981. See References under the entry: Liu, Xun; Deng, Enming; Liu, Shehui. XHC Xiandai Hanyu Cidian (Modern Chinese Dictionary), 1992. See References under the entry: Shekeyuan. XHXL Xiandai Hanyu Xuci Lishi (Exemplications of Modern Chinese Empty Words), 1982. See References under the entry: Yuyan- ban.

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