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The Stylistic and Semantic Features of “adjective+zhe” Structure: Focusing on the Character Adjective of the Single Syllable

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2016, (34), pp.319-343
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2016..34.013
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Published : November 30, 2016

Ko Young-ran 1

1동국대학교

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ABSTRACT

In academia of grammar, while verbs taking the aspect particle “zhe” have been studied by a lot of scholars, few people have paid attention to adjectives with the aspect particle “zhe”. Therefore, in this study, based on 159 single syllable adjectives, the researcher tried to make a comparison between the results from the statistical data and the existing research results on the basis of the data collected from the large scale corpus and the new media. The conclusions of this study are as followed. Firstly, although the adjectives which take the aspect particle “zhe” have been generally little considered so far, the results in this study showed that 93% of monosyllabic adjectives can take the aspect particle “zhe”. Secondly, it was found that the use of “adjective+zhe” structure is more close to the written language style, such as novels or Weibo showing strong subjectivity. This is because the subjective style is often used as “self-centered speech” to describe the movement and the status of people or things. Thirdly, “adjective+zhe” in the meaning can be divided into two categories: the mainstream meaning and non-mainstream meaning. Mainstream meanings include the continuity of states, the attachment of properties and attributes, the strengthening of meanings, and the continuing meaning of the past from the present. On the other hand, non-mainstream meaning is only limited to the “measure adjective+zhe” form to indicate the comparative significance. According to the results from this study, while the structure frequently appeared in the literary works of “Lao She”, it rarely used at present.

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