Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
53 | 2017

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
53 | 2017

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 53 | 2017

Semantic Orientation of the Adverbs 就 jiù e 才 cái in Chinese Sentences Containing Quantifiers

Magda Abbiati
ORCID 0000-0002-0813-667X 
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
magda@unive.it

DOI 10.14277/2385-3042/AnnOr-53-17-10

Submitted 17 Nov 2016
Accepted 14 Mar 2017

Abstract

In modern Chinese 就 jiù and 才 cái take on a quite complex relation: sometimes they appear to be synonymous and sometimes appear to be antonymous. The diverse interpreting of the two adverbial operators in contexts where quantifiers are involved is accounted for by treating them as focus markers on the one hand, and as operators expressing speaker’s subjective view of quantity on the other hand. It is argued that, as focus markers, the two of them exhibit ‘bidirectional’ properties, and it is suggested that their being synonymous or antonymous depends on their forward or backward semantic orientation. It is also pointed out that, by virtue of their semantic features, sentences with 才 cái are not ambiguous even without context, while sentences with 就 jiù can be ambiguous and the speaker’s subjective view of quantity uncertain.

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Chinese language. Adverbs 就 jiù and 才 cái. Quantifiers.

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Abbiati Magda

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Semantic Orientation of the Adverbs 就 jiù e 才 cái in Chinese Sentences Containing Quantifiers

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Journal Article

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it

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http://doi.org/10.14277/2385-3042/AnnOr-53-17-10

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In modern Chinese 就 jiù and 才 cái take on a quite complex relation: sometimes they appear to be synonymous and sometimes appear to be antonymous. The diverse interpreting of the two adverbial operators in contexts where quantifiers are involved is accounted for by treating them as focus markers on the one hand, and as operators expressing speaker’s subjective view of quantity on the other hand. It is argued that, as focus markers, the two of them exhibit ‘bidirectional’ properties, and it is suggested that their being synonymous or antonymous depends on their forward or backward semantic orientation. It is also pointed out that, by virtue of their semantic features, sentences with 才 cái are not ambiguous even without context, while sentences with 就 jiù can be ambiguous and the speaker’s subjective view of quantity uncertain.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

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Vol. 53 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2017

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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None

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2016-11-17

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2017-03-14

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1125-3789

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2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Chinese language

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Adverbs 就 jiù and 才 cái

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Quantifiers

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