Utterance particles in Taiwanese conversation and their pragmatic functions

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dc.contributor.advisor Riddle, Elizabeth M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Huang, Mei-Chu S. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:27:01Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:27:01Z
dc.date.created 2002 en_US
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 2002 .H83 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/176921
dc.description.abstract The discourse functions of three Taiwanese particles la, hon and ne are analyzed. These utterance particles occur primarily found in the spoken language, usually conversation. The corpus of the study comprises transcription of recorded face-to-face, telephone, and radio talk show conversation, casual interviews, and church sermons. All three Taiwanese particles express a form of emphasis but in different ways. La has five interrelated functions, depending on the context: 1. To express in an assertion and in an answer to a question; 2. To express a sense of guessing or questioning; 3. To express one's impatience, dislike, or annoyance; 4. To indicate a sense of coaxing; 5. To emphasize each item in an incomplete list. Hon expresses the lowest degree of speaker emphasis of the three particles. It is used to elicit a minimal or a positive response from the addressee. Finally, ne expresses the strongest degree of emphasis of the three. It is usually used to draw the addressee's attention to information that the speaker assumes is new to the hearer. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent i, 150 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Taiwan languages -- Study and teaching. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Taiwan languages -- Particles. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Taiwan languages -- Function words. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Grammar, Comparative and general -- Particles. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Grammar, Comparative and general -- Function words. en_US
dc.title Utterance particles in Taiwanese conversation and their pragmatic functions en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1242144 en_US


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