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Title: Chinese interrogative particles as talk coordinators at the right periphery : a discourse-pragmatic perspective
Authors: Chor, W
Yap, FH 
Wong, TS 
Keywords: Cantonese ho2
Affirmation marker
Common ground marker
Discourse coherence model
Interactional particles
Interrogative particles
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Source: Journal of historial pragmatics, 2016, v. 17, no. 2, p. 178-207 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of historial pragmatics 
Abstract: This paper examines how utterance-final interrogative particles in Chinese contribute to the management of local and global coherence in conversational discourse. Using Schiffrin's (1987) model of discourse coherence, and focusing in particular on the Cantonese particle ho(2) we show how an interrogative particle is often also used as an interactional particle. 1 In the case of ho(2), we show how this information-seeking particle is frequently recruited as an affirmationseeking and solidarity-enhancing device. Special attention is given to the extended uses of ho2 in terms of Schiffrin's exchange and action structures, as well as participation frameworks and information states. Our analysis highlights how speakers effectively use utterance particles as exemplified by ho2 to convey their (inter) subjective footing and in the process negotiate meaningful affiliative/disaffiliative interaction among interlocutors, and thereby achieve discourse coherence for effective communication.
ISSN: 1566-5852
EISSN: 1569-9854
DOI: 10.1075/jhp.17.2.02cho
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