Important tasks for language researchers have included uncovering not only how language works, but what it is, and what it is for (Firth, 1935). In addition to deciding what to say, interlocutors must make choices about how to phrase their utterances. In natural languages, information structure and discourse are held to be universal, and linguistic forms to dynamically reflect and relate informational content to discourse context. Several concepts related to this view will be discussed in this chapter, which is divided into two parts. First, it provides an overview of theories of discourse analysis and information structure in general. Then, it presents the framework and core concepts it adopts, and goes on to explore the universal and Chinese-specific principles of – and structural constraints on – identifying the information statuses of noun phrases. How information packaging interacts with structure and discourse will also be discussed.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Discourse Analysis|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Jan 2019|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Language and Linguistics