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Title: THE RESEARCH ON THE NON-INTERROGATIVE USAGE OF HE IN HISTORICAL RECORDS
Authors: LIU WEI
Keywords: Historical Records, He, Non-Interrogative Usage, Rhetorical Question, Exclamation
Issue Date: 1-May-2018
Citation: LIU WEI (2018-05-01). THE RESEARCH ON THE NON-INTERROGATIVE USAGE OF HE IN HISTORICAL RECORDS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The interrogative pronoun He(何) in Ancient Chinese has both interrogative usage and non-interrogative usage. The previous scholars have conducted in-depth studies on the interrogative usage of He (何), but there is a lack of research on the non-interrogative usage; moreover, the predecessors have usually referred to the non-interrogative usage from the perspective of the referential function of pronoun, such as empty reference and arbitrary reference. In contrast, few scholars dig deep into the non-interrogative usage in terms of sentence function, such as rhetorical questions and exclamation. Therefore, we select the representative work of the Western Han Dynasty Historical Records as research material, and study the non-interrogative usage of He(何)—rhetorical questions and exclamation—from the standpoint of sentence function. Our main research task is to explore the relationship between the query, rehtocial question and exclamation. This article first describes the interrogative usage and non-interrogative usage of He(何) in Historical Records, and summarizes their syntactic features and pragmatic functions of the query, rehtocial question and exclamation. Second, we adopt the methodology of the Pragmatic Entailment and Scale Model in light of logical semantics to discuss the triangular relationship in more detail.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/151237
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