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International Journal of New Developments in Education, 2021, 3(4); doi: 10.25236/IJNDE.2021.030401.

A Pragmatic Study of the Usages of Chinese Parenthetical Expression ‘wo shuo shen me lai zhe’


Wenbin Hua1, Manjiang Zhou2

Corresponding Author:
Wenbin Hua

1School of Foreign Languages, Hubei University of Arts and Science, Xiangyang, Hubei Province, China, 441000

2Xiangyang No I Middle School, Xiangyang, Hubei Province, China, 441000


Parenthetical expressions are non-negligible in second language learning. By making a questionnaire survey and doing online interviews to 20 foreign students who are intermediate and advanced Chinese learners in China, the writer tried to find answers to two questions about a special Chinese parenthetical expression ‘wo shuo shen me lai zhe’ . The writer pointed out what the literal meaning and implicature of this PE were and how Gicean cooperative principle and the theory of implicature could analyze it. Finally, possible methods of teaching and learning Chinese PEs were proposed in the paper.


Chinese parenthetical expressions, wo shuo shen me lai zhe, cooperative principle, the theory of implicature

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Wenbin Hua, Manjiang Zhou. A Pragmatic Study of the Usages of Chinese Parenthetical Expression ‘wo shuo shen me lai zhe’. International Journal of New Developments in Education (2021) Vol. 3, Issue 4: 1-8. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJNDE.2021.030401.


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