Proceedings of the 2018 8th International Conference on Management, Education and Information (MEICI 2018)

A Study of the Focus Expression Function of the Modal Adverb “yòu” in Modern Chinese

Authors
Shuang Dai, Chunhong Qi
Corresponding Author
Chunhong Qi
Available Online December 2018.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/meici-18.2018.164How to use a DOI?
Keywords
yòu; Focus; Accent; High Line; Low Line; Voice Length
Abstract

The main point of view in the academia is that “yòu” is generally lightly read when expressing refutation and negative tone adverbs with a focus. This paper uses experimental phonetics to test 10 subjects “wǒ yòu méi huā nǐ de qián, guǎn nà me duō!”, “nǐ zěn me yòu lái le ?” The pitch frequency percentage values of each of the two sentences were analyzed, pointing out that “yòu” tends to be the focus in negation, rebuttal tone or rhetorical tone. When “yòu” is the focus, its pragmatic function is to serve as the narrow focus of the whole sentence to accentuate the pragmatic function of negative presupposition and counter-question. The paper also proves that with the semantic blur of “yòu”, its tendency to focus is smaller.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2018 8th International Conference on Management, Education and Information (MEICI 2018)
Series
Advances in Intelligent Systems Research
Publication Date
December 2018
ISBN
978-94-6252-640-2
ISSN
1951-6851
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/meici-18.2018.164How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2018, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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