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postgraduate thesis: Gratitude expressions with mh-goi and do-jeh in Cantonese : their syntax, lexical semantics and sentence semantics

TitleGratitude expressions with mh-goi and do-jeh in Cantonese : their syntax, lexical semantics and sentence semantics
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Lee, M. [李美珊]. (2013). Gratitude expressions with mh-goi and do-jeh in Cantonese : their syntax, lexical semantics and sentence semantics. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5091048
AbstractIn Cantonese, there are mainly two types of gratitude expressions, mh-goi and do-jeh, that are frequently used in everyday conversation. Although the importance of these gratitude expressions in social interaction is obvious, clear definitions of these words and in-depth explanations on how to use them correctly and idiomatically are lacking in Cantonese textbooks. It is also a hard task for native Cantonese speakers to gener-alize simple rules of use of mh-goi and do-jeh. Moreover, there seems to be no lin-guistic studies on the grammatical and semantic properties of these expressions so far. The present thesis investigates the usages of mh-goi and do-jeh in various utter-ance situations, and subsequently analyzes their similarities and differences on the syntactic, lexical semantic and sentence semantic levels, using the approach of Inte-grational Linguistics (IL). The phenomena related to the use of mh-goi and do-jeh are first discussed informally as a theoretical background, followed by formal syntactic and semantic analyses. The purpose of this thesis is, therefore, two-fold: first, to achieve a fairly comprehensive linguistic analysis of mh-goi and do-jeh in Cantonese, and second, to give both Cantonese teachers and learners of Cantonese a clearer idea of the rules of use of mh-goi and do-jeh based on their syntactic and semantic fea-tures.
DegreeMaster of Arts
SubjectCantonese dialects - Semantics
Cantonese dialects - Syntax
Dept/ProgramLinguistics
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/192952

 

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dc.contributor.authorLee, Mei-shan-
dc.contributor.author李美珊-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-14T06:23:19Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-14T06:23:19Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationLee, M. [李美珊]. (2013). Gratitude expressions with mh-goi and do-jeh in Cantonese : their syntax, lexical semantics and sentence semantics. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5091048-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/192952-
dc.description.abstractIn Cantonese, there are mainly two types of gratitude expressions, mh-goi and do-jeh, that are frequently used in everyday conversation. Although the importance of these gratitude expressions in social interaction is obvious, clear definitions of these words and in-depth explanations on how to use them correctly and idiomatically are lacking in Cantonese textbooks. It is also a hard task for native Cantonese speakers to gener-alize simple rules of use of mh-goi and do-jeh. Moreover, there seems to be no lin-guistic studies on the grammatical and semantic properties of these expressions so far. The present thesis investigates the usages of mh-goi and do-jeh in various utter-ance situations, and subsequently analyzes their similarities and differences on the syntactic, lexical semantic and sentence semantic levels, using the approach of Inte-grational Linguistics (IL). The phenomena related to the use of mh-goi and do-jeh are first discussed informally as a theoretical background, followed by formal syntactic and semantic analyses. The purpose of this thesis is, therefore, two-fold: first, to achieve a fairly comprehensive linguistic analysis of mh-goi and do-jeh in Cantonese, and second, to give both Cantonese teachers and learners of Cantonese a clearer idea of the rules of use of mh-goi and do-jeh based on their syntactic and semantic fea-tures.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.lcshCantonese dialects - Semantics-
dc.subject.lcshCantonese dialects - Syntax-
dc.titleGratitude expressions with mh-goi and do-jeh in Cantonese : their syntax, lexical semantics and sentence semantics-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5091048-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Arts-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineLinguistics-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b5091048-
dc.date.hkucongregation2013-

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