Dynamic Evolution of the Type of “meideshuo” Discourse Marker and Its Metapragmatic Functions

Luo Meijun


A type of “meideshuo” discourse markers

contains three subtypes: “meideshuo”,

meihuashuo”, and “meishuode”. From the

point of view of semantic-pragmatics, this type

of discourse markers evolves dynamically from

the meaning of “no words to say” to “positive

meaning”, and finally evolves to a discourse

marker. The metapragmatic functions of the

discourse markers are new information focused,

proposition affirmed, and communicative

purpose predicted. The process of the discourse

marker evolution is not only the process of

lexicalization and grammaticalization, but also

the process of intersubjectification. The

pragmatic extensions and semantic entailment

are contributed to function as motivations for

the dynamic evolution of “meideshuo

discourse markers.


A type of “meideshuo” discourse marker; lexicalization; grammaticalization; intersubjectification; dynamic evolution;

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18002/sin.v4i1.5270


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