Contrast and Emphasis: An Essay on the Modal Adverb Ke in Declarative Sentences [对比与强调 --- 谈陈述句中的语气副词“可”]

Wang, Yingxian (2015) Contrast and Emphasis: An Essay on the Modal Adverb Ke in Declarative Sentences [对比与强调 --- 谈陈述句中的语气副词“可”]. Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies [语言教学与研究], 172(2), pp. 83-91.

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The data-oriented empirical research on the Chinese adverb “ke” has led to the conclusion that the semantics of the word as a modal adverb is always two-fold: it marks both “contrast” and “emphasis”. “Adversativity” as used in literature on “ke” is but one type of contrast marked by “ke”. Other types of contrast marked by “ke” in declarative sentences include: a) what is assumed by the hearer and what the truth of a matter is; b) what the sentence literally talks about and what it also implicitly conveys; and c) the original wishful nature of the stated action and its final realization. In all declarative sentences, what the adverb emphasizes is the “factuality” of what is stated.

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ID Code: 75903
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Author's Chinese name: 王英宪
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Keywords: Modal Adverb, Contrast, Emphasis, Adversativity, Factuality
ISSN: 0257-9448
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2014 22:14
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 01:07

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