Right dislocation in cantonese: An emotion-intensifying device

Sophia Yat Mei Lee, Christy Choi Ting Lai

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This paper explores the emotive function of Cantonese right dislocation based on language samples in a large spoken Cantonese database. Right dislocation is found to be highly associated with emotion expressions. In particular, explicit emotion words always appear in the first part of right dislocation. We argue that right dislocation is used as a focus marking device for highlighting emotion information and intensifying emotions. Therefore, right dislocation can serve as one of the linguistic cues for identifying implicit emotions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 19th Workshop, CLSW 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsQi Su, Jiun-Shiung Wu, Jia-Fei Hong
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783030040147
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event19th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2018 - Minxiong, Taiwan
Duration: 26 May 201828 May 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11173 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference19th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2018


  • Cantonese
  • Emotion expression
  • Right dislocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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