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Probe into Origin of Modal Adverb “ke”(可)

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2007, (11), pp.81-94
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2007..11.005
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture

栗?英 1

1남경사범대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The modal adverb “ke”(可)in Modern Chinese originated from the auxiliary verb “ke” (可).In Han Dynasty modal adverb “ke”(可)was in the embryonic stage and it matured in the middle ancient times. Firstly it expressed the imperative mood, and gradually it stressed the talker’s subjectivity. In Qing Dynasty the modal adverb “ke”(可)had a new usage. It could modify adjective and in the type of sentences “ke”(可)was phonetically stressed. It was the grammaticalization process of “ke”(可).

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