1st Edition

Discourse Particles in Asian Languages

    484 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Within linguistics, there has been a great deal of interest in discourse particles for some time now, especially within semantics and pragmatics. The term ‘discourse particles’ has been used to cover a broad range of phenomena, including such things as ‘sentence final particles,’ ‘discourse adverbs’ and other related phenomena. However, most research in the area (particularly within formal semantics and pragmatics) focuses on a restricted set of languages, and there is little consensus on the proper formal treatment of particles, partly due to the limited range of data available. In recent years, there has been extensive development of the formal approach to discourse particles, which often treats these words as devices for marking information update. Also important is the extension of data to non-Western languages like Japanese, Korean or Chinese. These volumes are the first to give an exclusive focus on particles in non-European languages (in this case Asian languages), from the perspective of formal as well as non-formal semantics and pragmatics. These volumes include papers on Japanese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Kimaragang Dusun, Malay, Singlish, Thai and Vietnamese. The papers are informed by recent theoretical work in formal semantics and pragmatics relating to the meaning of particles. The collection contributes to our theoretical understanding of the meaning of discourse particles and to empirical knowledge of discourse particles in the languages of Asia.

    Vol 1:

    1 David Y. Oshima On the mirative use of the no (da) construction in Japanese

    2 Lucas Rieser Evidentiality, inference, conclusion: Japanese no as a particle and complementizer

    3 Hooi Ling Soh Mandarin Chinese sentence final de as a marker of private evidence

    4 Satomi Ito How are contrasts marked?—The case of ne in in Mandarin Chinese

    5 Yurie Hara Cantonese question particles

    6 Grégoire Winterstein, Regine Lai and Zoe Pei-sui Luk
    Softness, assertiveness and their expression via Cantonese sentence final particles

    7 Soo-Hwan Lee Formality weakening and the underspecified expressive yo in Korean

    Vol 2:

    1 Scott AnderBois Tagalog pala: An unsurprising case of mirativity

    2 Naonori Nagaya Discourse particles in Tagalog: The case of e

    3 Paul R. Kroeger A Kimaragang status particle: Accessible information

    4 Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine
    A syntactic universal in a contact language: The story of Singlish already

    5 Hooi Ling Soh On the discourse marker dah in Colloquial Malay (and sudah in Sabah Malay)

    6 Hiroki Nomoto On the apparently non-additive use of Malay additive pun

    7 Upsorn Tawilapakul and Elin McCready
    A unified analysis of (some) discourse particles in Thai

    8 Kiyoko Takahashi Interpersonal uses of the pragmatic particle /kɔ̂ɔ/ in Thai conversation

    9 Anne Nguyen A scalar semantics for the Vietnamese sentence-final particle

    10 Thuan Tran Syntax-information structure interface in Vietnamese


    Elin McCready is Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan.

    Hiroki Nomoto is Associate Professor of Malay Language and Linguistics at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan.