A contrastive study of demonstratives in English and Chinese

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dc.contributor.advisor Riddle, Elizabeth M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Min en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:32:47Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:32:47Z
dc.date.created 1991 en_US
dc.date.issued 1991
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 1991 .Z43 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/182234
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is a contrastive study of the semantics, pragmatics, and discourse functions of demonstratives in English and Chinese.It is shown that there is a metaphorical relationship between the basic semantic properties of demonstratives and their various uses in the two languages. The proximal demonstrative tends to be used for spatial, temporal, or emotional closeness, or for a foregrounded referent, whereas the distal demonstrative is usually used for spatial, temporal, or emotional remoteness, or for a backgrounded referent. However, details of the metaphorical extensions in the two languages may vary. Functional differences between demonstrative pronouns and neuter pronouns in English and Chinese are also discussed. It is shown that demonstrative pronouns tend to code a higher degree of topic discontinuity or topic change, and neuter pronouns a greater degree of topic continuity in the two languages.In addition to contributing to an understanding of the basic factors governing the uses of demonstratives in English and Chinese, which could be used as a basis for further cross linguistic study, this research should also have some pedagogical value for teaching both English and Chinese as foreign languages. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent iii, 139, [9] leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Pronoun. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Chinese language -- Pronoun. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Grammar, Comparative and general. en_US
dc.title A contrastive study of demonstratives in English and Chinese en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/774752 en_US

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