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Intensifiers and Reflexive Pronouns in English and Mandarin Chinese

A Contrastive Study


Lin Wang

The book is a study on intensifiers and reflexive pronouns between two languages (English and Mandarin Chinese) and the first one drawing a complete picture in this domain. It provides the full uses of self, zìjĭ and běnrén. In the case of běnrén, here for the first time the full use of this pronoun in Mandarin Chinese is analysed. It is also the first book that uses contrastive study to talk about intensifiers and reflexive pronouns, which reveals many hidden characteristics of the intensifiers and reflexive pronouns that otherwise cannot be seen. It is based on the most distinctive research of the latest 30 years in the linguistic field.
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List of Charts and Tables


Chart 1: four uses of intensifiers

Table 1:a comparison between exclusive adverbial intensifiers and inclusive adverbial intensifiers

Table 2:entries containing forms of identity expressions in Mandarin Chinese in the CCL copora

Table 3:number of forms of zìshēn, běnshēn, and qīnzì found in the CCL corpora

Table 4:frequency of use of three intensifiers in Mandarin Chinese

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