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The backgrounding effect of semelfactive adverb YI in Mandarin Chinese narratives

Les fonctions textuelles de l’adverbe sémelfactif YI dans une narration en chinois




This paper discusses the textual function of the semelfactive adverb YI in Mandarin Chinese. We focus on high-frequency predicates expressing body movements and facial expressions, and discuss the backgrounding effect of adverb YI (literally ‘one’) in a narrative: yi-V typically appears in a succession of events, or to describe the facial expression or the gesture of a character before (s)he speaks. This adverb is also used with predicates expressing a change of location, to cancel the consequent state usually entailed by these predicates when followed by an endpoint (often in a BA sentence where it triggers the move of the endpoint locative NP from after to before the verb, together with a preposition denoting unbounded goal such as WANG). Although we are dealing here with punctiliar and highly kinetic events, when preceded with YI, the predicate becomes backgrounded and does not contribute any longer to the plot of the narrative.
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hal-01567246 , version 1 (21-07-2017)


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Christine Lamarre. 中国語の語りにおける一回相副詞“一”のテクスト機能 . Yang Kairong kanreki kinen ronbunshū kankōkai 楊凱栄教授還暦記念論文集刊行会. 中日言語研究論叢 楊凱栄教授還暦記念論文集 Chūnichi Gengo kenkyū Ronsō -- Yang Kairong kyōju kanreki kinen ronbunshū , Asahi Shuppansha 朝日出版社, pp.55-69, 2017, 978-4-255-010005-2. ⟨hal-01567246⟩
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