Speech verbs’ typology and their translation in Chinese

Nana Jin, Zili Chen

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Abstract

Speech event is not a simple “saying” event, and speech verbs are likely construed and translated differently and evaluatively. This paper argues that English and Chinese have different typologies of “saying” in terms of word forms. English speech verbs are comparatively highly lexicalized (for examples: declare, announce, scold, praise), but Chinese speech verbs are more grammaticalized than English, i.e. they are usually formed by a certain pre- adverbial modifier plus a core root “shuo (say)”. Because of the complexity of speech verb forms, a software called Words Location is designed to extract all speech verbs in a text and furthermore to group the speech verbs with their articulators, which directly and visually demonstrates their distribution and facilitates the evaluation of the accumulative evaluating effect of speech verbs and/or some hidden meaning and stance held by speakers in a text. The study offers a computeraided way of analyzing and translating speech verbs from English to Chinese consistently and scientifically.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Technologies for Education - 1st International Symposium, SETE 2016 Held in Conjunction with ICWL 2016, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsRosella Gennari, Yiwei Cao, Yueh-Min Huang, Wu Wu, Haoran Xie
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages359-369
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319528359
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event1st International Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Education, SETE 2016 Held in Conjunction with ICWL 2016 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 26 Oct 201629 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10108 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference1st International Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Education, SETE 2016 Held in Conjunction with ICWL 2016
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityRome
Period26/10/1629/10/16

Keywords

  • Speech verbs
  • Translation
  • Typology

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