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The Emergence of Expressible Agency and Irony in Today's China: A Semantic Explanation of the New Bei-construction

Ye, Zhengdao


This paper focuses on the new passive bèi-construction in Chinese, dating approximately from 2009. By 2012, this new usage had entered the most authoritative Chinese dictionary. While previous studies have mostly focused on the pragmatic effect of this structure, my aim is to trace the motivational forces behind this language innovation by examining the linguistic, cultural and social factors contributing to its emergence. In particular, I examine the specific features of the bèi-construction,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Linguistics
DOI: 10.1080/07268602.2019.1542933


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