A corpus-based study on near-synonymous manner adverbs: “yiran” and “duanran”

Helena Yan Ping Lau, Yat Mei Lee

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Manner adverb is one of the major groups of adverbs describing how an action is carried out. Although a number of near-synonymous manner adverbs are found in Chinese, most dictionaries use rather general or even circular definitions for these items which persistently confuse second language learners. The subtle yet important differences between near-synonymous manner adverbs are invisible by definitions but observable in collocational behaviors. Thus, this work aims to examine the semantic differences between a pair of near-synonymous manner adverbs and (resolutely). We propose that near-synonymous manner adverbs can be differentiated in terms of the event structures constructed by the collocated verbs, conjunctions, and nouns.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 17th Workshop, CLSW 2016, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319495071
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event17th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 20 May 201622 May 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10085 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference17th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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