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.
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.