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On the semantic determinacy of negative sentences in Chinese

Article Summary   by:TsingHua     Original Author: Chinese Teaching In The World
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This paper identifies three kinds of semantic determinacy; positive determinacy, negative determinacy, and zero determinacy, which are respectively corresponding to affirmative sentences, negative sentences, and interrogative sentences. The negative determinacy expressed in the negative sentence has been discussed in details. Through comparative analysis of the structure and meaning of the negative sentence and the affirmative sentence, we have reached the conclusion that the affirmative sentence is monosemic and the negative sentence is polysemic in nature, and the positive determinacy expressed in the affirmative sentence is stronger than the negative determinacy in the negative sentence. This paper consists of four parts; 1) the determinacy of lexical semantic features, 2) the determinacy of the semantic elements in the " noun + noun" phrase, 3) the determinacy of the semantic elements in the "verb + verb" phrase, and 4) the determinacy of the semantic elements in the modal sentence expressing possibility.
Published: March 15, 2004   
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