By May Lai-Ying Wong
What are adverbial clauses in chinese language? Do all of them have matters as their opposite numbers do in English? How do the semantic domain names of adverbial clauses engage with the distribution of matters? How do chinese language corpora aid us discover those interesting questions?
the purpose of this research is to illustrate the usefulness of corpus linguistics as a technique in grammar reviews. A problem-oriented tagging process has been used to permit the exploration of adverbial clauses within the corpus and to spot 11 semantically established sessions of adverbial clauses. whereas it's a recognized incontrovertible fact that chinese language adverbial clauses (CACs) are brazenly marked through a subordinating conjunction, their matters may be left unexpressed and recovered within the earlier discourse. by way of analysing obviously happening spoken and written samples from quite a few corpora, the writer examines this exciting phenomenon of overt and non-overt matters in adverbial clauses.
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However, this apparent correspondence is complicated by two issues. Firstly, possessive constructions in Chinese do not necessarily take the particle 䘬 de (Li and Thompson, 1989: 115) as in Ṿ䇠䇠 ta baba and Ṿ䘬䇠䇠 ta de baba which both indicate the same meaning “his father”. Secondly, apart from marking possessions, the particle 䘬 de can be an adjectival marker and a marker of nominalisation and explicit modification, as mentioned earlier. Since the term “genitive” is confusing as far as Chinese linguistics is concerned, I decided to exclude this constituent from my parsing scheme.
Ford and Thompson, 1986: 358) (5) Our confused and difficult world needs various things if it is to escape disaster, and among these one of the most necessary is that, in the nations which still uphold Liberal beliefs, these beliefs should be whole-hearted and profound, not apologetic towards dogmatisms […]. (Ford and Thompson, 1986: 360) Besides conditional clauses, the theme that preposed adverbial clauses perform a different job in discourse than do postposed ones holds across other adverbial clause types.
As Thompson and Longacre (1985: 232– 38 233) point out, “adverbial clauses may be of relevance to a stretch greater than the sentence in which they find themselves” in that “they may provide cohesion for an entire discourse, or they may provide cohesion for some paragraph within it”. In particular, the focus of these studies is concerned with the discourse factors which influence the choice of position for various kinds of adverbial clauses. 24 A case in point is Ford’s (1993) study on the distribution and discourse functions of temporal, conditional and causal adverbial clauses in American English conversations.