Wang-Tao2020

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Wang-Tao2020
BibType INCOLLECTION
Key Wang2020a
Author(s) Wei Wang, Hongyin Tao
Title From matrix clause to turn expansion: The emergence of wo juede ‘I feel/think’ in Mandarin conversational interaction
Editor(s) Yael Maschler, Simona Pekarek Doehler, Jan Lindström, Leelo Keevallik
Tag(s) EMCA, Mandarin, Turn-expansion, Interactional linguistics, Grammar, Clauses
Publisher John Benjamins
Year 2020
Language English
City Amsterdam
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Pages 151–182
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DOI 10.1075/slsi.32.06wan
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Howpublished
Book title Emergent Syntax for Conversation: Clausal patterns and the organization of action
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Abstract

One way complex clauses manifest themselves is through a combination of a matrix clause and a complement clause. However, matrix clauses as represented by constructions such as I think have been widely reported to undergo grammaticization, whereby they become a marker indicating the speaker’s epistemic stance. This has also been identified for Mandarin Chinese. In this chapter, however, we report that wo juede ‘I feel/think’ in Mandarin has developed a conversation interactional function that extends turns-at-talk – a phenomenon that has not yet received much attention in the Chinese literature on talk in interaction. By providing an account for the link between the epistemic/evaluative uses and the turn-expansion function of the erstwhile matrix clause, this paper brings in an extended, interactional dimension to the study of clause-combining.

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