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Xue, Lu and Jiang, Yan (2023) 'The Semantics and Pragmatics of the Quasi-logical Use of yòu in Mandarin Chinese.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics, 21. pp. 16-29.

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This paper focuses on the quasi-logical use of yòu (又) ‘again’ in naturally occurring conversation. It is argued that such a usage of yòu not only keeps its generalised conjunctive meaning, whose left conjunct can be either explicitly present or omitted, but also contributes to inducing pragmatic inferences. Since the logically encoded meaning of yòu and the presuppositional meaning it engenders fail to provide a coherent interpretation of yòu in a negation context, there is a need to backtrack and accommodate an implicit proposition as the premise for inferring the implicature of that utterance, i.e. a conditional. We also argue that what really invites the said abductive inference is the specific construction of [yòu + neg + right conjunct], rather than the adverb yòu per se.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Mandarin grammar, construction, pragmatic inference, Mandarin adverb yòu
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 14730855
Copyright Statement: © 2023, the author.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2023 15:09

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