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"AA de" Construction in Modern Chinese: A Cognitive-Pragmatic Approach

Author LiuJing
Tutor XiangChengDong
School Sichuan International Studies University
Course English Language and Literature
Keywords “AA de”construction Construction Grammar Grounding Theory Adaptation Theory AG Model
CLC H136
Type Master's thesis
Year 2011
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Adjective reduplication, as a commonly used means of word formation in modern Chinese, has drawing more and more attention of many scholars who have studied this phenomenon from different perspectives, such as suytactic, semantic and pragmatic. Although there are just a few scholars who tried to explore the cognitive process of reduplication from cognitive perspective, most of them ignore the pragmatic elements in the process of reduplication. Furthermore, there are no studies of“AA de”construction under the framework of construction grammar from a cognitive-pragmatic point of view.This thesis, based on the data base, intends to explain the cognitive mechanism of“AA de”construction with the proposed Adaptation Grounding Model (AG Model) which integrates grounding theory and linguistic adaptation under the framework of construction grammar. The processes of different meanings which are coerced by“AA de”construction on a meaningful, independent monosyllabic or disyllabic adjective and the elements restricting the construction are explored by conducting a qualitative and quantitative analysis of 859 adjectives which we collected from Dictionaries of Chinese Adjectives by An Rupan (1990), and Zheng Huaide, Meng Qinghai (2003), with the assistance of the corpora of Center for Chinese Linguistics PUK and the corpora of Center for Studies of Chinese as a Second Language.The paper consists of the following five chapters.Chapter One focuses on a general introduction to this study, including rationale, purpose, research scope, the general description of methodology, data collection and layout.Chapter Two presents the literature review of related previous studies, including studies on reduplication abroad and adjective reduplication in China, and also the gaps found in the previous research.Chapter Three, in the hope of filling the gap, proposes a new theoretical frame, Adaptation Grounding Model (AG Model), integrating Grounding Theory of Langacker (1987, 2008) and Adaptation Theory of Verschueren (2000) under the framework of construction grammar.Chapter Four concerns application of AG Model. The data is classified and their syntactic, semantic and pragmatic features are discussed, aiming to explain the difference between adjective reduplication and its counterpart. And finally the restrictive elements are made out with detailed data.Chapter Five concludes major findings of this study. This chapter also points out limitations of this paper and proposes suggestions for further research.

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