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Title: Units in Mandarin Conversation. Prosody, Discourse and Grammar
Written By: Hongyin Tao
Series Title: Studies in Discourse & Grammar, 5

This book provides a new way of studying grammar. The basic thrust of the book is to investigate grammar based on a prosodic unit, the intonation unit (IU), in spontaneous speech. The author challenges the dominant practice in the study of syntax, which has been to focus on the unit of the artificially constructed sentence. The book shows that some basic notions developed from sentence-level data often do not account well for speech data. For example, in many versions of syntactic theory, the basic syntactic structure of any sentence is assumed to comprise both an NP and a VP (with variations in terminology). However the author shows that a Mandarin sentence in spoken discourse can consist of a lone NP or a transitive verbal expression without any explicit argument (which is not due to anaphora). Although the book concerns Mandarin discourse and grammar, it will be of interest to students of a wide range of fields, including discourse analysis, syntax, conversation analysis, prosodic studies, and typological studies.

Publication Year: 1996
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556193718
ISBN-13: 9781556193712
Pages: 226
Prices: U.S. $ 142
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027226156
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 226
Prices: Hfl. 135