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Book: Grammatical Metaphor in Chinese

Chapter: The use of grammatical metaphor in spoken Chinese

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.25807


Chapter 7 is concerned with the use of interpersonal GM in spoken Chinese. It reveals the distribution of differet types of interpersonal GM through
an analysis of a large spoken Chinese corpus. This chapter establishes a framework for the description of social factors involved in the creation of spoken Chinese discourses by making reference to register theory in SFL. Based on the framework, the chapter investigates the way Chinese speakers choose different types of interpersonal GM in their conversations with respect to the topic of a discourse and the social relations between speakers and hearers.

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Spoken language and grammatical metaphor

7.3 Corpus selection and corpus analysis

7.4 Overall distribution of interpersonal GM categories

7.5 Distribution of interpersonal GM across registers

7.6 Summary

Chapter Contributors

  • Yang Yanning ( - yangyanning) 'East China Normal University'