A Contrastive Study on Semantic Prosodies of Minimal Degree Adverbs in Chinese and English
From the perspective of cross-language, this paper, by using Chinese and English corpus, examines the semantic prosody similarities and differences between shaowei (稍微 ‘a little’) and “a little”, the minimal degree adverbs in these two languages. The research findings indicate that the semantic prosody of shaowei is neutral while “a little” is negative.
KeywordsSemantic prosody Minimal degree adverb “shaowei” (稍微 ‘a little’) A little
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