Between Exclamatives and Interrogatives in Li Jing Ji

in Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics

This paper explores the similarities and differences between exclamatives and interrogatives in terms of scalar modal. In this modal, they both denote a set of propositions which are organized into a scale according to at least one parameter. But in exclamatives the speaker profiles a proposition which is located towards an extreme end of the scale while in interrogatives the speaker asks the hearer to pick out a proposition from a presupposed set of propositions. The conceptual metaphor “Thinking Is Moving In The Ideascape” is used to provide a cognitive evidence for our approach. Finally, a preliminary study of two types of exclamatives which are marked with wh-words 乜 mih8 or deictic terms 拙 chua3, 障 chionn3, 向 hionn3 in Li Jing Ji is given.

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Between Exclamatives and Interrogatives in Li Jing Ji

in Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics

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