Topic Chains in Chinese Discourse

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Topic Chains in Chinese Discourse

Wendan Li

Department of Asian Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

abstract

The topic chain is a frequently used structure in Chinese. In this article, its structural
characteristics and its use in written narrative text are examined. Three major claims
are made: (a) The topic of a chain does not have to overtly occur in the chain-initial
clause as commonly believed; (b) depending on the context, a zero noun phrase (NP)
in a sentence-initial clause may be coreferential either cataphorically with an overt
topic NP within the same sentence, or anaphorically with an NP in the previous sentence;
and (c) clauses with sentence/chain-initial zero NPs typically form background
text. These findings suggest that the current definition of topic chains be reconsidered.

DISCOURSE PROCESSES, 37(1), 25C45
Copyright © 2004, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.


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那么这算不算一种衔接的形式呢?的确是个很新的概念!也许是我太孤陋寡闻了!烦请动态语法先生解惑!谢谢!
 

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以下是引用 清风出袖2005-8-7 21:38:25 的发言:
那么算不算一种衔接的形式呢?的确是个很新的概念!也许是我太孤陋寡闻了!烦请动态语法先生解惑!谢谢!
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