A comparative analysis on evidentiality in English and Chinese journalistic texts

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A comparative analysis on evidentiality in English and Chinese journalistic texts

 

Author: Yang, Yaxiong Sakura
Title: A comparative analysis on evidentiality in English and Chinese journalistic texts
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2014
Subject: Evidentials (Linguistics)
Chinese language -- Grammar.
English language -- Grammar.
Journalism -- Language.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of English
Pages: 50 pages : illustrations
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2775893
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/7680
Abstract: Evidentiality, as a grammatical category is an indispensable part of all languages as it profoundly indicates the speaker's sources of information. In this thesis, 30 pieces of news are selected from The New York Times, and The People's Daily which are significant publications in the U.S.A and China (15 pieces for each, with 5 political news, 5 sports news and 5 business news) for the data of the comparative study on evidentiality. Through a contrastive analysis on the English and Chinese journalistic texts, we find that the average frequency of evidentials in English journalistic texts is higher than those in Chinese journalistic texts. Besides, hearsay evidentials are predominant in these five evidential types. In both English and Chinese business news, the frequency of hearsay evidentials is the highest.

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