IJLLL 2022 Vol.8(1): 40-47 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2022.8.1.320

On the Discourse Functions of “nar de hua”

Song Yang
Abstract—The non-interrogative usage of interrogative pronouns is a common phenomenon across languages which has been noticed for many years. However, there is still much room for the investigation of constructions related to the noninterrogative use of interrogative pronouns. From the interactional perspective, this paper discusses the distribution of the discourse marker “nar de hua” in dialogue, and explores its discourse function, forming mechanism as well as motivation. According to the different semantic intensities of negative assessment in a specific context, the discourse functions of “nar de hua” can be summarized as a continuum: accident, reminder, disaffirmation, refutation and reprimand. In addition, “nar de hua” is often used as a polite expression to express the speaker's modest attitude or respect for others. The negative orientation of “nar de hua” is mainly driven by subjectivity, and it is still in a dynamic development process from doubt to negation.

Index Terms—Discourse functions, “nar de hua”, negative assessment stance.

Songyang is with The National University of Malaysia, Malaysia (e-mail: ysong34-c@my.cityu.edu.hk).

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Cite:Song Yang, "On the Discourse Functions of “nar de hua”," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 40-47, 2022.

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