Sentence final particles as epistemic modulators in Cantonese conversations: A discourse-pragmatic perspective

Winnie CHOR*

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Abstract

This paper attempts to extend the investigation of Cantonese sentence final particles (SFPs), and explore in particular their roles and functions in modulating the speaker's epistemic stance in conversational interactions. The stance of a speaker is emerging and continuously being negotiated and shaped in the course of the conversation; conversation participants will need to constantly modify and revise their stance and what they have already said as the conversation progresses. Because of their position as utterance final, SFPs are perfect grammatical devices to be employed to recalibrate and finalize the speaker's epistemic stance. Seeing epistemic modulation as a discourse process, this paper exemplifies how Cantonese SFPs can be deployed to reaffirm, as well as to modulate (i.e. upgrade or downgrade) the epistemic stance of the speaker in our conversational data. It is hoped that this paper could also shed light on other cross-linguistic studies on epistemic modulations and stance-taking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-47
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Volume129
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Artificial Intelligence

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cantonese
  • Discourse analysis
  • Epistemicity
  • Sentence final particle (SFP)
  • Stance-taking

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