INTERSPEECH 2008
9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

Study on "Ng, A" Type of Discourse Markers in Standard Chinese

Zhigang Yin, Aijun Li, Ziyu Xiong

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

This paper attempts to give a detailed study on discourse markers of the "../ng/&../a/" type in Chinese spontaneous dialogues. Discourse markers (DMs) are considered to have coherent function to the context. It is treated as a kind of linguistic modality to express interactive information or a kind of nonlinguistic modality such as head and body gestures. The discourse markers have aroused many discussions from different aspects of grammar, semantics, cognition and pragmatics. However, this paper will focus on those DMs like "/ng/" and "/a/" from multi-functional and hierarchical points of view and investigate their phonetic relatives or patterns.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yin, Zhigang / Li, Aijun / Xiong, Ziyu (2008): "Study on "ng, a" type of discourse markers in standard Chinese", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1683-1686.